Rangers manager Michael Beale recently confirmed he’s got a budget to spend next month, and it’s patently clear the Ibrox side needs some new bodies in.
While Connor Goldson and Ben Davies are on the cusp of returning to the first team, the injury blight not to mention some impending departures (Kamara, Morelos) next month hint that some captures will be needed, not only to strengthen the first team and squad, but to counter the injury debacle which continues to ravage the group.
The likes of Ianis Hagi, Tom Lawrence, Goldson and Davies, not to mention Antonio Colak, Leon King, Kemar Roofe and Filip Helander, without even hinting at permanently-stricken John Souttar give some idea of how badly Rangers need new talent in next month, and it’s work which must be done.
So what does Beale have to spend?
Well, ex-manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst was given just £350,000 to spend last January, and that was on the dismal fail that was Mateusz Zukowski (these days he can’t even get a game for Lech Poznan, settling for their B team), unless you consider the wage packages for James Sands, Aaron Ramsey and Amad Diallo.
So we would expect Beale will have more, and having looked into the accounts, it is likely he will have around half the profit level, which was £5M. As Ibrox Noise’s finance guru told you some time ago, having a bank balance is redundant if liabilities exceed it, so Rangers won’t be free spending next month.
But we will be spending and players will come in.
A lot may change if some sales can be made – if a club can be found for wantaway Glen Kamara and one for Alfredo Morelos, Rangers could have an unexpected bonus chunk of cash to use in January, and that would be deeply welcome.
That £2.5M? That would be on three players – two £1M players and a half million player, with any further additions coming via Bosmans. But Beale will know exactly the number he has to play with, and in fairness, it’s very rarely to see big spending in January by any club.
And Rangers will be no different – but we WILL be spending, and come around a month and a half, we’ll have some idea exactly of how much.