It’s hard to be positive right now. Your Ibrox Noise staff can only be honest with you, as we always are.
We call it as we see it, being mostly older Bears who have been around for the best and worst days of this club.
We have some experience of the highs and lows, and while that doesn’t make us any better than anyone else, we’re never ones to hide behind crowd-pleasing jingoism or tubthumping nonsense when the facts are staring us in the face.
Can we find any optimism following this absolutely terrible start to 21/22? We are trying, but anything we cultivate would be incredibly contrived.
The team is simply not playing, if we’re honest our manager, after having the Midas Touch last season and being unable to do any wrong, cannot now do anything right and seems clueless, and the signings haven’t worked at all.
We said to get off John Lundstram’s back, but if even the manager drops him, we’re not sure what else we can do to support our players in the face of adversity.
However, just to cheer us all up, where does our CL exit leave signing new players, and keeping existing ones?
The big issue of the day is Connor Goldson and Glen Kamara’s new contracts, not to mention Alfredo Morelos’ ambitions.
As we know, Goldson hasn’t signed yet, and doesn’t show any urgency to do so, while Glen Kamara received a ‘strong offer’ but didn’t appear eager to confirm either.
A comment on the page posited the notion both of them were waiting to see how the CL went, how last night went, especially Kamara, who has holds all the cards in this one.
And if the outcome is anything to go by, we’re not 100% sure the Fin will be enticed to sign on. Same probably applies to Goldson, who, in truth, most fans would drive to the airport happily anyway such is his current dire form.
As for Morelos? He has had sights bigger than the SPL for a long long time, but there simply haven’t been any offers aside Lille’s worthy of consideration. So while he wants another club and a new challenge, and more pertinently, a better league, no one is giving him that path. CL was Rangers’ main carrot to keep him, and that’s gone. There’s little beyond loyalty (and a lack of offers) keeping the Colombian at Ibrox and we’re not sure just how loyal he feels.
The new signings issue is major. With no CL cash, and not a bean spent this summer, the only way Rangers can bring anyone in is by selling players. MD Stewart Robertson confirmed recently we’d have to move one or two to be able to fund new additions.
But Rangers, with no CL, have a lot less enticement on offer. Sure, we’re still Rangers and a huge team and we still have Europe, but the big cash of the CL isn’t there to fund big signings, nor is the lure of the competition itself there to appeal to new recruits.
In short, unless we sell someone for good cash and find a new addition who’s content with UEL and fighting for the league title, further players may not happen outside of any Bosmans.
In previous summers Rangers spent around £11M and tended to spend reasonably well, with the obligatory few duffers in there too. This summer it’s been literally zero, with two freebies. And neither of them has started Ibrox life too well.
So what now?
Beats us – ask Glen Kamara.