The deal today for Ajax’s Antony at £85M has a lot of subplots which affect Rangers, and Ibrox Noise explains the situation and the implications for us.
The first and obvious one is that the Eredivisie giants will not have this Brazil winger when they face us. As we saw v PSV, the star winger of the Dutch side facing Rangers can make such a difference… but being serious, Antony is a talent, and we will not have to deal with him come matchday one.
The second one is more abstract – were we completely robbed over Calvin Bassey? Both he and Antony are the same age, same number of caps (roughly) for their countries, yet Ajax sell him for £85M, their star player, refusing to buckle to £65M, while we give them our star man for £23M?
Let’s not pretend Ajax are a much bigger club than Rangers, they’re not. And while the Eredivisie is obviously better than the SPL, the overall conditions of both sales are very similar.
And yet Rangers get a quarter for our star FROM Ajax who demand four times that FOR theirs?
It’s still our record sale and great money and along with UCL cash all our revenue issues are finished.
But it could and should have been better, especially given what Ajax got for their star man.
We know historically Dutch clubs can sell for bigger than Scottish, but we feel £20M+ these days for your star man just isn’t cutting it any more.
If newly-promoted Almeria are to sell Sadiq for £30M, we should really be looking for more for our star man.
But hey, at least we won’t be facing Antony anyway.