The £16M that changed Rangers

The £16M that changed Rangers
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Nathan Patterson of Rangers smiles as he arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Olympique Lyon at Ibrox Stadium on September 16, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We’ve spoken about this a little already, but we wanted to add a bit more.

Since Ibrox Noise’s inception in November 2011, Rangers hadn’t sold a single player, aside Niko Jelavic the following January, for more than £2.5M.

That’s right, in over 10 years, not a soul from Rangers had been worth any major profit.

All the ‘big’ sales over the decade of late 11 to January 22, such as Josh Windass, Danny Candeias, Declan John, Lewis Macleod, Joe Garner to name just five had barely got beyond a million, with Windass reportedly being the big exception at £2.5M.

In short, Celtic, with their Dembele Dollars, had been exploiting the extraordinary transfer market, the crazy inflation it’s been subject to over the past 10 years and been making unreal profit on their players, to the regular 10s of millions.

And Rangers, thanks to what happened in 2012, missed out on all of it.

Until, that is, only a few days ago.

The sale of Nathan Patterson to Everton for £16M has FINALLY seen Rangers embark on the Silly Money Express, finally seen us hitching a ride and getting in on the ludicrous prices teams can ask for their players nowadays.

Think about Alan Hutton in 2008. 14 years ago. Filled with Champions League experience, Scotland regular, some absolutely top displays at every level, and Rangers sold this marquee player for £8M.

At the time, good price, expected numbers.

But now? 14 years later, a fringe player, with barely a quarter of the CV Hutton had, maybe even less, and he’s gone for double the price.

This is the magnificence of what Rangers are finally getting in on. The ability to sell our players at premium price, and not losing them for pennies.

Patterson’s sale has changed the rules. If a fringe Ranger who couldn’t even get a start most of the time would only sell for a minimum of £16M, then our top players, our marquee assets, well, the sky’s the limit now.

We don’t want to sell Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara, Alfredo Morelos or Ryan Kent, but if anyone wants them, they will have to dig very deep now into their pockets.

And yes, the first £30M SPL player could very well be not far around the corner.

So thank you Nathan Patterson, Ross Wilson, Rangers and Everton.

You’ve changed everything for us.

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