Player-by-player as Rangers’ seven summer signings are rated

Player-by-player as Rangers’ seven summer signings are rated
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 16: Tom Lawrence of Rangers celebrates after scoring their team's second goal with teammate James Tavernier during the UEFA Champions League Play-Off First Leg match between Rangers FC and PSV Eindhoven at Ibrox Stadium on August 16, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With half the season effectively done (albeit a few fixtures will still take place in December) Ibrox Noise brings you our definitive scorecard for each signing made in the summer. Cue gnashing of teeth as our audience disagree…. let the scores commence:

John Souttar:

As the January pre-contract, Souttar was the first to arrive in the summer. His media work with the club suggested a player ready to make his mark, but his debut v Spurs was underwhelming at best, before his nightmare at Livi compounded matters. Was playing with an injury from his Hearts days, and ended up in surgery. Spending more time at his co-owned coffee shop than being associated with Rangers these days. Thankfully he was a Bosman. 0/10

Ben Davies:

Another one to arrive at Ibrox with a pre-existing condition (sounds like insurance doesn’t it) and that derailed the former Preston man. His debut was underwhelming, but over time, eventually, he started to look a decent foil for Goldson, and actually thrived in that first half v Liverpool. But King’s arrival wrecked it, and Davies had an injury again anyway but was determined to play. Has shown signs of some quality but losing Goldson lost his momentum. There’s more to come from him but he’s 27 and not exactly ‘potential’. It’s about a consistent run and a consistent partner and he’s been denied both. 5/10

Ridvan Yilmaz:

Horror debut v Killie and was cast aside for ages, but got a couple of cup cameos and did well, before starting to finally look the part a bit more having a good night especially in Naples. But then as usual injury ruined him v Aberdeen and has been AWOL since. He has potential and we saw signs of it at the highest level v the Italian giants, but nowhere near enough of him yet to say much more. 3/10

Rabbi Matondo:

Oh this lad has been poor. Nice assist v Hearts, but has looked rotten to mediocre for most of his time otherwise thus far. Showed such promise with a brilliant cameo v Spurs, but friendlies mean nothing, and in competitive action he’s been brutal. Did look a little brighter at Anfield and nearly scored, but nowhere near enough quality for the £2.5M fee. 2/10

Tom Lawrence:

Certainly competent, if not flawless, but the Welsh international’s stats tell a very promising story of his contribution. His performance, aside the goal, at Easter Road was abominable but has mostly been something above good otherwise. Nearly scored with a brilliant solo effort in Eindhoven. Is there any coincidence Rangers’ season completely derailed with his injury? 7/10

Malik Tillman:

A bit off it for his debut, even if the watching fans believed they’d found Kaka, Tillman has flattered to deceive and despite hitting a decent crescendo of form early on which made fans beg the club to sign him for £4M, Ibrox Noise stopped short of such overreaction. Subsequent form dipped badly and he lost his place. His assist got us into the UCL, and he scored in the qualifiers, so that vindicates him alone, but in terms of impact, he’s not one fans exactly love. 4/10

Antonio Colak:

Fans weren’t thrilled about him, thinking him a gimmick based on his Malmo goals, but his first few months were sensational, and he was one of Europe’s most in-form strikers. Goal after goal earned him ‘Goalak’ but he got derailed like the rest of them after those big three losses. He’s been starved of service since then as injury and morale dips crushed the team and the goals dried up. Not really his fault in truth. 8/10

Only one success at 8 and one moderate of 7 tells the story of an abject window which wasn’t value for money and didn’t work at all to strengthen the side.

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