If one thing is clear, it’s that almost a week into the transfer window, aside the predictable speculation and rumours, Rangers’ January already looks dry.
Our eastern rivals have already made a bunch of signings, strengthening their hand further as they sit 9 points clear, while despite all the massive revenue Rangers made in the past 12+ months, there are absolutely no concrete incomings or outgoings at all.
Are we really destined to be sitting here in February in the same state we currently are?
It’s true, the winter window is not traditionally a strong one for the Famous – you’d have to go back to 2007 for the last one that ended up being club-defining, as Weir, Ehiogu and Thomson came in.
Since then? Not a lot of success that time of year, sadly, and the budget always pretty low. Indeed that 15 years ago was the last time we spent as much as £2M in this window, with tonnes of freebies, loans and occasional 6-figure additions instead.
Let’s not pretend Celtic’s strong financial position since Rangers’ troubles in 2012- are the reason – we have simply never spent big in this window and that’s not going to change.
There’s a belief at Ibrox that the club is waiting on injury cases coming back, that 4 or 5 players off the treatment table will be like new signings. It’s a cheapskate approach but it’s also reality for this club.
Because we’re almost into the second week of four and there’s not a word about incomings OR outgoings. True, a lot of it does happen in the final week or indeed days, and on the quiet, but that’s not how Rangers did it in the summer. Celtic have stolen a march here for sure, and Rangers are lagging.
Are we actually going to sign or sell? Are either of them going to happen? The chances look slim at this point – we needed to get someone in already and absolutely nothing has happened yet. We remain short in a few areas and many players down through injury, but sadly no one has come in.
And there are no concrete stories about sales, which will probably depress Morelos and Kamara.
Last January it was Sands, Ramsey, Diallo, and Zukowski, the previous one it was Wright and Simpson. Don’t expect Lionel Messi on an 8-year deal this month either.