Report card: Rangers transfer window

Report card: Rangers transfer window
Kemar Roofe at Killie

In this piece we look at Rangers’ work in the transfer window directly, at each player we signed and how we rate them.

Forget your ‘give them a chance’ lines, this is about rating what we’ve tangibly seen and forms no judgements about their future potential.

Jon McLaughlin:

As a deputy, and a free, a great signing. One slight error v Hibs lost him his place for a while, but regained it v County. He’s been assured, he’s big, and he’s pulled off one or two top saves. We like him as a number two and indeed as someone who can push the number one. 9

Leon Balogun:

Was mr smooth up till St Johnstone and his struggle v Callum Hendry, and then got injured in that match and hasn’t been quite at the races since then. He’s a real pro, and he’s learning Scottish football on the quick – big, strong, extremely quick, but prone to injury and still soaking our game in. He’s a top player and he’ll get back to his absolute best soon enough but we have to be honest and say we’ve not seen enough of him due to said knock. 7

Calvin Bassey:

In no way a replacement for Borna Barisic, a totally different player. Strong as an ox, fast, great dribbler and maybe with further learning of the game could be a tough midfield enforcer. We like him, but he’s completely different to the Croat. Won’t get many crosses in, and isn’t subtle enough for intelligent link up play. But a good player with a lot of potential. 8

Bongani Zungu:

Has settled in well, his debut was brilliant and he’s loving life at Ibrox. Ok what on earth else can we say, he’s just arrived, and we have no idea how good he’ll be in our shirt. But the deal to sign him was smart and despite rumours about his signing a new deal (no one actually knows if he has or not) at Amiens, either way we’ve got a South Africa international who went straight into the UEL squad. Still, can’t exactly rate until the guy’s played a bit. N/A

Ianis Hagi:

Not technically a new player, but a permanent deal, and he’s showing more and more what kind of player he is. While last season he tried to be dynamic and a dribbler and to display his technical prowess, this season he’s being more cultured and demonstrating his artistry. A very, very intelligent player who sees things others don’t and thinks quicker too. 8

Kemar Roofe:

Wasn’t match fit in the first place, and just as he started to gain a little momentum, he got an injury. We’ve just not seen a lot of him, and in truth while he’s worked hard off the ball, we can’t really say he’s shown a lot on it yet to impress us. Plenty time though. 6

Jermain Defoe:

Made a free permanent, and has been excluded from the UEL squad while barely playing a role in the SPL either, we’re not sure what the future holds for Defoe at Ibrox and we’ve seen absolutely zilch of him this campaign to form judgement. Was signed for depth and it seems little more now. 5

Cedric Itten:

Was really struggling with our game and then scored one belter at Fir Park followed by a quickfire second. It’s still early days, and we’re not yet convinced – he’s not appeared much since then, but clearly the kid is good enough to play for his country. 6

Overall the window added depth, to push the existing squad. But if we add Jack Wilshire to this, it will elevate opinion hugely.

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