We’ve seen many a crazy day or two at Ibrox over the years, but we have to say very few compare to signing four international players in the space of 36 hours.
In barely two days, Steven Gerrard has signed Finnish international Glen Kamara from Dundee, Northern Ireland international Jordan Jones from Kilmarnock, his countryman Steven Davis from Southampton and former England international Jermain Defoe from Bournemouth.
We can rarely recall a level of signing this intense, with four players we all know extremely well and most of us significantly rate.
Harking back to last summer, while many of Gerrard’s signings have worked out very well indeed, who had heard of Katic, Goldson, Coulibaly or Ejaria, to name just four.
The previous summer, other than Bruno Alves, not a soul in our support knew who the hell Fabio Cardoso, Carlos Pena or Eduardo Herrera were.
But in January 2019 the Steven Gerrard effect has had its biggest impact by a long way – obviously massive credit to Mark Allen who did much of the groundwork in these transactions, but it’s the reputation of Gerrard and the Rangers name combined together that has rewarded Ibrox’s finest with four international-quality players, and four players who pretty much all Rangers players already know.
And in most cases, rate.
It’s inspiring. It’s what we expect to see at Ibrox. We want good players, players we can trust to deliver on the pitch, and a combination of the best of the SPL’s weaker sides and some high quality EPL fodder pretty much works wonders for us, with the potential for another in the shape of Fulham’s Kevin McDonald potentially still to arrive.
It’s been one of the strongest January windows we’ve ever seen, and it’s only six days old.