A lot of fans have been absolutely bashing Rangers’ board over this summer’s transfer window – even Gio of course seemed to have a cryptic go about it too.
However, Giovanni van Bronckhorst spent more this summer (£14M) than any Rangers manager has since the £17M Walter Smith spent in 2008/2009.
So, in 13+ years, this summer has been the most we’ve spent, and yet it’s being slaughtered – Gio’s spent more than Gerrard did any summer he was here, with the Dutchman investing around £14M on Davies (£4M), Yilmaz (£5.5M), Matondo (£2M) and Colak (£2.5M).
Those are all the addons included, so the initial fees are lower, but let’s not pretend Gio hasn’t had cash to spend.
The problem has been only Colak has delivered value for money so far, with the other three paid-for signings all struggling up to this point.
And that doesn’t fall on the board, does it?
That surely falls on recruitment and scouting? With a nod to the football Gods over who settles and who doesn’t?
John Park has been abysmal so far, with the former Celtic scout presiding over a horrible window of bad value signings. Andy Scoulding left for Spurs, himself having presided over some bad additions, and Robert Clarkson has joined him in exiting Ibrox. And Ross Wilson is coming under huge criticism for the start this season has seen – the buck of recruitment probably ends with him.
But it’s not the amount spent that’s the problem, not a lack of board support in this window – it’s what the money has actually been used on.
We needed players ready to go – sure, everyone settles at a different rate, but only Colak has hit the ground running of those three paid-for players.
Thus far we have £11M+ of summer signings sitting on the bench gathering dust.
Is that the fault of Gio? The board? Or recruitment and planning?
Better and more educated ITK-types than us are more furnished to make that call than we are, but we really don’t feel the best financially-backed window at Ibrox since Walter Smith’s days can actually be blamed from the board’s support point of view.
And the suits are hardly flavour of the month these days so it would be easy to point the finger at them over this.
But we prefer to analyse things as fairly as we can, and just because we’re not sure about some of the things the board does these days, doesn’t mean we feel they’re to blame for the bad window as well.