If nothing else gave a window into how much Rangers’ standards have gone up, it was the sight of former deputy stopper link Vaclav Hladky earning a place in the team of the year: in England’s League Two.
The Czech goalie, who claimed he was close to a Rangers move, ended up at mighty Salford City, and was named in the division’s best team.
Sure, being in the TOTY isn’t bad, but that he ended up at such a low level of football gives some idea of just much Rangers’ standard rose in the past year that a player of that calibre was rejected.
Rangers, instead, of course, went with Jon McLaughlin and his form this season was so impressive he went to the Euros. He came from League One Sunderland but already had caps for his country and Championship experience as well, not to mention SPL.
Sure, not quite Dino Zoff either but a distinct step up from Hladky and that gives some idea of how much it takes to be Rangers’ reserves now, never mind first team.