With the recent confirmation Championship pair Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Ofoborh have signed pre-contract agreements along with Aberdeen’s Scott Wright, it marks the end for a number of existing players.
Simpson, of course, is a defender, and viewed maybe as a little similar to Millwall’s Jake Cooper who Rangers once had a bid rejected for. He’s 24 and absolutely not ‘one for the future’. This is a player Rangers want now, and will work on to secure in this window, but if not, definitely next season.
With George Edmundson now surplus and out for longer anyway, not to mention Niko Katic’s continued absence (his prognosis remains unclear), the addition of Simpson at the back is definitely about bolstering and improving both the squad and first team.
As for Nnamdi Ofoborh, the Cherries’ midfielder at 21 has maybe a bit more of a challenge to impact the first team, but our manager knows a midfielder and this was a kid he very much wanted. A Nigeria U21 international, the boy is certainly highly sought after and Stevie will have high hopes for him. Jamie Barjonas might now be looking over his shoulder.
And then there’s Scott Wright. Also secured on a pre-contract, the Aberdeen attacker is said to be a replacement for the man who’s being rumoured to move out for him, in Jordan Jones.
Ryan Kent needs some serious competition for his slot and Stevie doesn’t favour the NI winger, so Wright is going to come in there and push the first choice.
But prominently, for all three of these players, Rangers want them now, and are working on deals to secure them immediately rather than in the summer.
The preparation for the rest of 2021 and beyond has begun in earnest.