England’s transfer window slammed shut yesterday evening, and this significantly affected Rangers whom a glut of business was on the cards with teams south of the border before they ran out of time.
Ibrox Noise takes you through the main deals on the cards, and the ones that actually went through;
Stunned us all by signing for Swansea permanently. This had been reported as a loan, but it ended up a three year deal, and we have to say the board made a pig’s ear of it, selling an international left back for what has been alleged as a modest sub-£1M fee. Some claim £800,000, which for a 23-year old Welsh rising star is frankly ludicrous. Could and should have got well over double that. Poor.
Left for Wigan on a deadline day move for another pretty modest fee, which has been reported as £2.5M. For an English attacker with an outstanding goal record, this could have been a lot higher as well – £5M seemed more appropriate, but Wigan only had to pay minimal amount really – Gerrard says the board were happy, and in fairness we did only pay £50K for him. Windass wanted to be the striker. Gerrard wasn’t interested. So both parties were happy to part ways.
Tightly linked with Canuck side Montreal Impact, including reportedly flying out for a medical, but he was at Wednesday’s training session so we have huge doubt about this story having much truth at all. Hodson, as far as we can tell, remains a Rangers player.
Despite allegations he didn’t get on the bus for Maribor amidst links with Bristol, the former Port Vale man remains a Rangers player and most likely Rangers’ number two, albeit Wes Foderingham was deputy for Maribor.
Deadline day links with Blackburn didn’t materialise into anything, and the 27-year old stopper, as mentioned, filled in as deputy last night. We imagine he will be back in reserves in due course though.
Simply put Wes Brom failed with a £3M bid – which shows what the board values the club captain at. Led the side out last night and put in a storming shift, Tavernier has been linked with departure since he joined in truth – but it appears he’s an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. Whether some fans like it or not.
And that’s about the lot. Rangers’ own window remains open for some time yet (1st September), and more business could yet be done. We’ll see.