The growing dispute between Aston Villa and Rangers probably lends a lot to the baggage between the two over what happened in November, which will be a bone of contention for Rangers (and some fans) for some time.
In short, Rory Wilson’s switch south isn’t going too smoothly, with Rangers claiming he is contracted till December while the player himself believes he will be out of contract this summer.
This has led to Villa expecting a free transfer or to pay a modest development fee, while Rangers consider he’s a player under contract and want the full expected amount.
What do we think of it?
We’re hardly in favour of Rangers’ board these days – wouldn’t be the first time they’ve been unfit for purpose, and there’s no denying they’re hardly going to be sympathetic to a player who wants to leave.
However Villa are being more than a bit penny-pinching themselves – they are one of the world’s richest football clubs, and they can absolutely afford a sub-£1M transfer fee for a young boy when they’ve happily shelled out close to a £100M on the window already.
It’s a bit of an undignified stand off and no one looks particularly good for it.
The lad himself rather burned his Rangers bridges (rightly or not) by talking about the ‘next level’ when he’s only 16 and shouldn’t have an expectation or entitlement yet. Yes, he has every right to look to the future, but he worded it in such a way that suggested Rangers just weren’t big enough. Of course, it could be the Gilmour syndrome, where he didn’t believe he had a pathway to the first team and an offer from down south was too tempting to refuse. Not something he’s going to admit.
And this means a pretty dodgy dispute between 3 parties, none of whom are completely innocent.
Sooner it’s sorted though, the better, albeit it looks like it’s going to FIFA.
We do wonder why moneybags like Villa don’t just pay for the boy!