Reports this morning claim imminent new Rangers manager Michael Beale is ‘happy’ with the January transfer budget and the board have been transparent with him about what he has to spend.
The natural elephant in the room is exactly what that budget is, and whether this story means Beale is happy to have no money at Ibrox, or has been given a set amount he can spend in January and is content with that.
The reality is when we go back to January this year, then-new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst got all of £300,000 to spend, that being on farce signing Mateusz Zukowski, who might just be the worst right back Rangers have ever had outside of Anestis Argyriou.
And of course, Rangers’ Director of Football Ross Wilson was the one chiefly responsible for that window and for summer – so he was one who brought in the Pole, James Sands, and big-time flops Aaron Ramsey and Amad Diallo.
But this time around things may be different – Beale is said to be happy with what he has to spend in the upcoming window, which does, as we say, go one of two ways for Rangers:
Does Beale have a good budget with which to make a difference in the new year and actually bring in some quality for a change to Govan? Or will Rangers’ board give him nothing and he’s already happy with that and makes does with what he has?
Either or, Beale is happy anyway, and we really do hope he’s happy because he has numbers to spend.
Rangers don’t exactly have a fortune right now, with a potential £10M lawsuit on the club from Elite Sports, but the accounts were strong and pointed to good performance in some good areas for the company.
We certainly hope Beale will have a few quid in his Rangers wallet.