There is no question Rangers’ season, while not absolutely horrible, has been far from smooth.
Performances haven’t been great, results are already mixed (3W 2D 1L) and fans are a little anxious. A 50% win rate isn’t good enough at Ibrox, simple as.
However, we’re more bewildered by the £10M vacuum right now on the bench (or not even) in that £4M man Ben Davies is barely anywhere to be seen (aside a mediocre appearance v Saints) and £5.5M man Ridvan Yilmaz is permanently on the sidelines.
We’ve justified this already, explaining that different players do settle in at different levels and speeds, so we’re not going to criticise what may amount to little more than rudimentary sports psychology.
But there is a lot to be said for the fact the two big summer investments of the defending duo, who were supposed to immediately overhaul a struggling left side of defence, have effectively been paperweights.
We are in no way criticising the speed at which they settle in, we are simply concerned we’ve splashed £10M on them and seen absolutely nothing in return yet.
We stand by our rating of Davies last week – nervous, shaky, and far from assured. All ratings agreed with us, the only ones who didn’t were the fans in response. And Ridvan was the same albeit worse on his debut – rabbit in headlights v Killie and quickly dropped thereafter.
It is early days but a player who Liverpool overlooked even when they were down to barebones willingly set us back £4M? And Ridvan’s CV is far better but he’s young and we spent £5M on a ‘prospect’?
We don’t want to focus on the negatives but we did think we’d have a bit more out of these two by late August, and so far it’s safe to say the value we’ve had from Davies and Ridvan is next to zero.
The sooner we get something from them, the better.