Gerrard drops major clue about truth of summer business

Gerrard drops major clue about truth of summer business
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Steven Gerrard has today dropped a major hint, if a cryptic one, about Rangers’ disappointing summer transfer window, when asked this morning if he’d ‘got what he wanted’.

The Rangers boss was being quizzed on the nature of Rangers’ business over June and July, and was asked, simply, whether it was enough, and his reply was as cryptic yet telling as it gets.

He said:

“We made the most of what was available. And that’s all I can say on that.”

This short response says more than a full lengthy diatribe would have.

Either, Rangers made the most of what players were available this summer, and did the best they could with the options at their disposal, or…

Rangers just didn’t have the money this summer, and the management did the best they could with those funds.

In truth, let’s face it, it’s the second one. There was no shortage of talent available for Rangers to sign, but three Bosmans and a buy now pay later on a Huddersfield player hints that there just weren’t any funds.

That Gerrard did not use the phrase ‘we made the most of what players were available’ and deliberately remained a little coy about his wording hints very much that the cash just wasn’t there this summer and we made the most of what resources we had.

Let’s be real – Rangers would have signed serious quality this summer had the ability to do so been there. But unlike previous summers with the traditional £10M-£13M budget, there just wasn’t that there this time.

But, hey, we might be wrong, and he might have meant players. What do we know?

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  1. Our money situation is a lot more serious than some people will say. We had to sell of we wanted to buy and the only real offer was for young Patterson.

  2. Not making the Champions League has definitely made a dent in the finances considering we didn’t offload any major assets. I still think Lundstrum will come good once he integrates into how we play. Sakala, I’m unfortunately a bit more unsure about. Not sure he’s made for the SPL as he’s all about exploiting space behind defences…not something that is often available against 11 men behind the ball. Also, I’d be lying if I said I knew much about the other two either but Ross Wilson and the team have rarely made an absolutely terrible signing so fingers, toes and eyes crossed they all work out to help us to 56.

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