With the confirmation of Greg Stewart, some real head scratching is going on underway with some of the support.
And, despite our rating Stewart higher than many, and having optimism over Jordan Jones in particular, we must admit little of our summer business will be giving Celtic ‘the fear’ and we do wonder when the ‘serious’ signings will show up.
This is not to diss the players we got – they’re honest professionals and they’ll do their best – but for the ‘quality’ enhancements Steven Gerrard threatened some weeks ago, we’re a little concerned the calibre of players so far doesn’t exactly live up to that.
Three players, three effective free signings – now, this is no smear on the price – Scott Arfield and Allan McGregor were amazing free signings so price does not guarantee performance.
But the budget appears, currently, to be close to zero given we’re haggling with Oldham over the matter of a few thousand for George Edmundson and we’re reportedly bartering likewise with Motherwell over the development fee we’re willing to give for Jake Hastie.
It all adds up to a level of incoming we’re unsure will be enough to take Rangers from second into a serious fight for first.
There is of course that crucial question of budget – we simply don’t seem to have the money to attract the heavyweight players we probably want. And yet, last January we signed Jermain Defoe? Go figure.
Usually our summer budget is circa £10M regardless of player sales, but right now the spending sits at zero, with four free signings in the past two months (if we do include Steven Davis).
And the ones we’ve brought in so far aren’t really getting supporters excited for the majority, truth be told. It’s not a level of player the lion share of fans feel will bring home 55 or majorly threaten for it.
This is not to say we won’t back them – we will, all the way. And maybe just maybe a UCL winner and England and EPL legend like Steven Gerrard knows more about football than us punters do.
But we still have our opinions and reservations and the right to both, and just as things stand, we’re just not sure we have a squad ready to launch a serious assault on the title.
Hopefully Gerrard proves us all to be very silly indeed for worrying.