Rangers’ transfer window is, like everyone else’s, complete, and Ibrox Noise take you through our comprehensive assessment of what we did, and didn’t, do.
It began fairly effectively on the front foot, with the swift addition of James Sands early in the month. An 18-month loan with option to buy, the USA international arrived and has already played a couple of times. Needs to get up to speed and can’t judge him yet, but early signs are hard to call.
Cedric Itten was also recalled early on in the month, but has failed dismally to impress on several outings. Looks well off the pace and fans are already frustrated with him.
The John Souttar saga began soon after, and we finally got him on a pre-contract. Unfortunately money grabbing Hearts refused to accept any offers below their £500K valuation so they now lose him in the summer for nothing. It does mean Rangers didn’t get their man last month.
And then nothing. A few minor exits like Josh McPake and Stephen Kelly but it was all quiet on the business end.
Till the big stuff kicked in over the course of barely 7 days.
First Rangers made massive waves with the incredible loan signing of £40M man Amad Diallo from Man Utd. He’s already impressed on his debut and we can see why this RW is all the rage. This was like Rangers’ ill-fated attempt to get Messi on loan in 2001 – but this time we succeeded.
Then deadline day saw big news from Ibrox. First, Polish U21 international Mateusz Zukowski came in at RB to replace Nathan Patterson (we’ll get to that later) and provide competition for captain James Tavernier, before… THE BIG ONE.
Rangers signed Aaron Ramsey, on loan, from Juve, a player again worth £40M and on one of the world’s highest wages at a ludicrous £400,000 a week. We have no clue how Ross Wilson and Gio managed this, but it’s sent timothy into meltdown and we’ve been laughing. Ramsey is a world class player, even if his recent seasons haven’t been the best, and it’s certainly the biggest SPL signing since Gazza. Ronald de Boer does come close mind you.
Before you wonder why we excluded Laudrup just there, he wasn’t actually that hyped up back then – fans didn’t really know him that well, but we knew of the surname and that he’d won the Euros with his brother. It wasn’t till he strutted his stuff in Govan that we realised how good this guy was. He wasn’t as household name familiar to us as Gazza or RDB.
But Ramsey is a megastar, one of the most famous British players there is and massive to Rangers fans in terms of calibre.
So what an ending to the window.
But as we hinted earlier, we did indeed sell Nathan Patterson, who’s now thriving in the Everton U23s. Waste of time and no idea if Lampard will be any more interested in him than Benitez or Ferguson were.
He wasn’t the only exit, with Jermain Defoe, Brandon Barker and Juninho Bacuna all leaving as well – all of them surplus, and Barker costing us the rest of his contract to free him. Classic mutual consent there. John Lundstram, heavily linked out, went nowhere though, and Jack Simpson sadly remains as well.
A further disappointment though is not just John Souttar, but the painful failure to get any CB now. Wesley Hoedt plain insulted us, Souttar wanted to come but Hearts wouldn’t sell, and Danilho Doehki didn’t even sign as a pre-contract.
We remain poor for quality and depth at the back and it’s a concern. We desperately need Balogun and Helander fit ASAP.
As for the window overall – we got rid of a lot of dead wood, and made midfield and attack a lot stronger. Defence remains weak though.