The signing of Ryan Kent really was a monumental moment in Rangers’ history. Not only was it the second highest fee paid by Rangers for a player ever, but it was also the third-highest fee ever paid out by a Scottish club, period (Flo, Edouard).
Now, the fact so few are making a huge deal of this does show how the football world moves on quickly, but when we actually pause to think about this fee, it really did come out of absolutely nowhere and didn’t reflect a gradual increase in Rangers’ transfer fees over recent years.
It was a clutch of players at £1.15M in 2017, then Pena for around £2.2M-£3.2M the same summer depending on who you believe, then £3M for Goldson in 2018, then £3M again for Helander earlier this summer.
Out of nowhere well over double that went out towards Kent 15 days ago.
Now this is not to question the origin of the cash – it was a completely legit signing and we had the money.
No, this is more of a curiousness at how we went from £1.5M players, to £3M, to then literally throwing down all our aces and splashing out big time with £7.5M.
It’s been so many years since Rangers spent that kind of money on players, and frankly we’re still readjusting to such outlay. We really weren’t expecting Rangers to spend it, even though we said we needed to.
But here we are, paying the market rate, the asking price, for a top class player who will light up Ibrox again this season.
Feels good to know this club is still willing to spend big – and feels better that it is able to as well.