So the transfer window has been and gone, and Ibrox Noise decided to give an appraisal and report card of Rangers’ business last month. How many of our ratings do you agree with?
It all started with huge fervour as Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis arrived in quickfire succession early on in this window. One was an ex-England international, the other a current Norn Iron international. Theoretically two very fine players, but we were very puzzled to see how Defoe would fit in. Later on, Jordan Jones was added along with Glen Kamara, both on pre-contracts, before Barrow Town’s Andy Firth rather suddenly showed up, soon flanked by USA international Matt Polster. Last but not least, at the eleventh hour, Dundee’s Glen Kamara was confirmed an immediate signing.
The name was huge, and set Britain’s tongue’s wagging. It was one of the biggest transfers of the window, period, and almost matched the fever over Steven Gerrard becoming manager. As he’s played though, it’s been a little less impressive. He’s managed a goal, but little else. Hopefully he’ll get up to speed but we’re struggling to see where he’ll fit in in terms of being a starter. Odd one.
Wow factor: 9/0
Player rating: 6/10
Another big name, not as big as Defoe but a fine player and well respected by fans of British football. It was a big coup to get him back from Southampton and he seemed eager to return. His performances have been good – not set the world alight but a smooth and professional level of quality about him and we’ll see how he fits in over time.
Wow factor: 7/10
Player rating: 8/10
No one knew who he was. No one still knows who he is. He’s been signed for reasons unknown, and he comes from the National League, having been coached in the Liverpool youths by his new manager. It’s a curious signing, obviously for goalie depth, but then we’ve spoken about that already.
Wow factor: 0
Player rating: n/a
Signed for quality depth in defence and midfield, Polster, a one-time US international, does seem to have a bit of something about him – well-rated in the MLS, he’s a player who many feel should have achieved more in his career given his talent. Well, he has the chance now.
Wow factor: 3
Player rating: 7
It’s not like Rangers have enough midfielders, right? While some question the signing of yet another man for the middle, this is a top-class Finnish international with a tonne of experience already at only 23. He cost a mere £100,000 and it really could be money well spent. He was very highly rated by Dens’ fans till his performances dropped off recently.
Wow factor: 6
Player rating: 8
Rangers failed to sell anyone this window. No contractual freeings either. On one hand that’s good because we didn’t lose Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier or Ross McCrorie (remember Swansea’s reported interest) but we also didn’t shed any dead wood either. So, that is very disappointing.
Rating: We’d score the retention of our best players 10/10, but the sales of the dross 0. Which one matters more to you? Benefit and a hazard all at the same time.
This was the only way Rangers could get deadwood off the wage bill, even if only temporarily. Some of the loans out we’d actually have preferred to keep – Rossiter, Alnwick, Hardie and suchlike, but others, such as Barjonas, McCrorie and others would not have played enough or got any worthwhile experience staying. It’s poor though that Rangers have now got 16 players out on loan – in our lifetimes as Rangers fans we don’t recall a loan output that ridiculously high.
Rating: 8 for the fact we got some more deadwood off the payroll for 6 months, 3 for the fact we couldn’t sell a single one of them.
The signings of Davis, Polster and Kamara should enhance Rangers, we’re unsure on Defoe and no one can convince us about Firth really being Manuel Neuer – incoming has mostly been decent if not spectacular. Sales of deadwood were abysmal, while loans were slightly embarrassing. But keeping our best players was useful to say the least. 7