What do Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, Leon Balogun, Borna Barisic, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo, and Alfredo Morelos have in common?
That they were effectively free signings and form the absolute core of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers at a cost of borderline zero.
The only costs in there were pittances paid for Aribo and Tavernier, and peanuts for Kamara. And of course the incredibly modest £1.5M for Barisic and the £800K for Morelos.
Everyone else was absolutely free, and it’s not inaccurate to suggest Rangers won 55 spending next to nothing.
The only major players at this club to cost a significant chunk of cash are Ryan Kent and Connor Goldson, with Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi and Cedric Itten not to mention Filip Helander very much in and out of the side and hardly considered core ‘undroppables’.
No, the best players at this club were almost all signed for absolutely free or very small chunks of coin.
We have to give major kudos to the scouting department, who found these players, former Sporting Director Mark Allen who negotiated a number of them, and of course current DoF Ross Wilson who has done an absolutely stonking job bringing in some major talent over the past 18 months or so.
But it’s that cost – securing all these marquee players for feeble amounts and who are now all worth fortunes, but more importantly, who all played key roles in winning us 55.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers was built on freebies and modest costs – and it’s won us the league.