Rangers’ January window hasn’t exactly been explosive, but all additions so far have held one thing in common:
Rangers have exclusively shopped in the pre-contract Bosman market.
Wright, Simpson and Ofoborh are so far confirmed, or as good as, and all three of these new talents are out of contract this summer and being signed as frees.
It’s hard to be critical of this – a great bulk of Rangers’ squad were some excellent frees, or very close to, in the likes of Leon Balogun, Scotty Arfield, Allan McGregor and of course £50K man Glen Kamara.
So we’re bringing in new talent and paying nothing for it.
Sure, we all love a sexy £5M signing from whoever, but Arfield is the quintessential example of how a Bosman addition, immediate or indeed pre-contract, can be every inch the most outstanding signing for free. The Canada international has arguably been Stevie’s best recruit and the club’s best player the past two or three years, all for nought.
And that market is continuing.
Sure, a few haven’t worked out, Jordan Jones, for reasons we won’t judge, being a major example.
But the majority really have.
Ryan Jack, Arfield, McGregor, Davis, and a host more have been superb additions for no cost.
This January also continues Rangers’ abandonment of the loan market – the only loans done in recent times have been Hagi, Davis and Defoe – all high quality players of a good age and with good stock, just unable to get minutes at their previous clubs.
No more Sheyi Ojos, or Ovie Ejarias or indeed Joe Worralls for Rangers to worry about any more.
No, the scouting team is doing a good job of finding quality players to supplement the squad while not shelling out fortunes for them.
And it’s clearly worked.