Some Rangers fans are panicking at lack of signings

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Some Rangers fans are panicking at lack of signings
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is seen during the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round Play-Offs Leg Two match between Rangers FC and Borussia Dortmund at Ibrox Stadium on February 24, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ok, we’re only 10+ days into the Scottish transfer window, but the lack of incomings confirmed at Ibrox has already started to become divisive.

On one hand we have the doomsayers, appalled at the absence thus far of any signings, with just news of bids and little else.

On the other we have those defending it, saying it’s early days and all is in hand.

We at Ibrox Noise stand somewhere in the middle.

As you know we trust Gio completely – we are comfortable saying he’s the best manager this club has had since Walter, and winning the cup while going toe to toe with Celtic in the league despite absolutely no budget and two failed loan signings all of which got us to the UEL final is why he’s earned that trust.

So if he is taking his time, biding his moments and waiting for the right deals to be completed, we’re absolutely good with that.

The issue for the doomsayers, and, a little, for us, we’d say, is that we have just 5 days till preseason begins and there’s no new bodies coming in yet to get the full benefit of that.

We penned a piece recently talking about 8 days left for signing players, and while this was abused as clickbait and misleading, those who actually read the article agreed and understood our point.

We have 5 now, 5 days before players are joining preseason midway, or potentially won’t get one at all, and that’s not ideal prep for UCL qualifiers.

So where do we feel we are?

Thus far this window we’ve signed 3 veterans for longer deals – Arfield, McGregor and Davis, and while they are all respected and popular, most of the reaction, particularly over McGregor, has veered on sceptical of the wisdom of signing a 40-year old goalie. We’ve also brought in Souttar who may or may not be an injury issue down the line, it’s hard to say. He is a good defender though.

And that’s been it, bar the exits of Itten, Balogun and Firth, unless you count Wilson’s sale to Villa.

In short, Rangers fans, as yet, are not seeing the kind of signings or work done that shows we’re prepared for the UCL or the new SPL campaign.

This doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but football fans are emotional, and we do want to see the proof in the pudding.

That said we do have some money, if not a fortune, and there’s no question missing out on the UCL guaranteed groups has changed things. It’s meant we don’t have a strong pot of cash to use to bring players in, and that’s been disappointing.

But ultimately, there’s still time.

Has it been underwhelming so far? Of course it has.

But welcome to the transfer window at Ibrox which has been like this for the last 3+ windows.

We should be used to it by now.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I’m with you guys in that I’d preferably have the majority of deals done for pre season starting however, I am happy with the business done so far. The Old Yin’s experience is simply invaluable even if none of them are regulars they will help maintain the standard at the club. Souttar I think will turn out to be an excellent signing but he is one of those that you wouldn’t want to expect to complete every game. He is probably one who’s workload will need managed. I’m also hearing some mourners that Diallo is also on his way back which I’d be delighted about. I think the lad was beginning to grow into the shirt.

  2. My main concern is the lack of quality we are linked with, with the exception of Archer and Botheim. Whilst I don’t believe all rumours I would like to think we are targeting much better than some of the names that are being mentioned, Colak for example is probably a decent enough striker but his age (no sell on value)and his record at PAOK concern me

  3. No one has left and it looks like we have added a striker ,mclaughlin and mcrorie still there ,mcgregor signed ,soutar .I dont really know why the panic tbh ,it would be worse if bassey and morelos away and no one signed ,perhaps not qualifying for CL really has left funds low and its a case of players sold first or qaulifying for actual CL before funds can be freed ?

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