Sir Kenny Dalglish has been in the press today gently blaming Steven Gerrard for not signing Scottish players.
As we reported before, that accusation isn’t actually that accurate: McLaughlin, Arfield, McGregor, Wright and Stewart are just some of the Scottish players Stevie’s picked up.
But Dalglish is right to point out Celtic have far more in the Euros for our country than Rangers do.
What we take issue with is his logic:
We’re just not quite sure how Rangers signing xy and z Scottish player ‘will improve their performance’.
How would Rangers signing Premier League or indeed upper Championship based Scottish players suddenly make them better players?
These players need to be good enough in the first place, and we’d like to remind Kenny his Celtic have barely signed a single Scottish player who’s remained in their first team for years either.
David Turnbull, Scott Bain and Greg Taylor is the best they’ve done over the past 5 years, with the last one they signed and who remained in their first team being Ryan Christie.
In fact, Rangers have probably done better – Arfield (regardless of his international allegiances) and McGregor have been huge parts of this Rangers era, not to mention Ryan Jack as well.
The truth is it’s probably not good enough from either Old Firm side, even if Celtic do admittedly have a major edge when it comes to raising their own youth players.
But bringing in new talent?
Kenny, unfortunately both Rangers and Celtic have questionable records – and we still don’t see how signing a Scottish player from the PL makes them a better player.
Unless we misunderstand totally what he’s getting at?