£46M. On the face of it, it’s just a random number. But look deeper at what it means and most fans will be shocked at the realisation.
One year ago, the summer of 2021, Rangers’ first choice LB was Borna Barisic, our first choice CBs were Helander, Goldson and Balogun, and RB was Tavernier.
Little did we know that two squad members, Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey, who between them were worth around £5M last summer (with that value all belonging to Patterson) would end up going for the two record transfer fees in the history of the club:
£16M then £30M.
It is actually stunning to think that two men who were just fringe squad members last summer have both gone for record fees and have single-handedly put Rangers back on the financial even keel.
Indeed, the transformation of Bassey from first-season flop to club star asset in the space of just a few months while Patterson was being sold for £16M to Everton is in itself staggering, but for Bassey to then top Patterson’s transfer fee only 6 months later is an entry of Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
That we have, to this day, been unable to sell any firmly-established first-team stars (with tenures over one season) for anything like those two fees is bizarre. The closest was Aribo was an eventual £10M which isn’t bad, but still is some distance of both Patterson and Bassey.
And when we think about it further, if we add Aribo to the pot, we’re left with transfer dynamite in the past 7 months of a combined total of £56M.
To the best of our knowledge, Celtic have never profited anything like this in such a short space of time, and Rangers have made £55,400,000 profit on three players who cost a total of £600,000 in transfers.