Only minutes after Michael Beale told the watching world that there was nothing new in the chase for Morgan Whittaker, Rangers upped the bid to Swansea to the asking price of £2M and are expected to secure him imminently as a result.
Beale, speaking at his pre-St Johnstone press conference, explained that nothing further had happened in the chase for the winger since the last conference, and he was factually correct, but right after the conference was done Rangers tabled the bid to the Welsh side in the region they want, and now it’s only a matter of time before the deal is sorted out.
It will bring to an end a bit of a belated saga, one in which Rangers were eager to get a proper right winger, even if Whittaker’s numbers are yet to be impressive, it’s believed he will mature at Ibrox, being just 22, and grow into the RW the club has desperately sought pretty much for a decade.
The last decent RW was of course Daniel Candeias but in reality, while technically excellent, he was incredibly short on pace and now-Arsenal substitute Kieran Tierney waltzed past him pace-wise and put him sadly in his place one Old Firm at Ibrox many moons ago.
And of course the vaunted RW solutions, Amad Diallo and Rabbi Matondo are arguably two of the biggest fails in the past decade, so we’re not just going to assume Whittaker is going to work.
Indeed, his CV suggests he’s got a lot of work ahead to impress the fans, there’s nothing in there which screams of a genius solution to our RW issue, but time will tell.
Nevertheless, the £2M is in, it should be enough for Swansea and the player should be ours pretty soon, and we’ll have Sakala and Whittaker for the right with Ryan Kent and a host of others for the left.
Just a case of wait and see now, but it shows how quickly things can move in the window when it happened only minutes after Beale said nothing further indeed had!
Football. It’s a Funny old game. By Kevin Keegan.