Two Rangers ‘targets’ will join Watford and Millwall respectively, after both clubs bid Hibs’ asking price for star players Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous.
With some Rangers fans screaming out for a new striker and a new defender, we at Ibrox Noise cannot help feeling the loss of these two to English sides, particularly Porteous, are moves we regret not making.
We know Michael Beale, frankly, isn’t interested in defending. He’s said it in as many words, that with his system we WILL concede goals, and that’s just an occupational hazard. So the chances of us bringing in much of the way of rearguard reinforcements are kind of zero.
Despite the fact we at Ibrox Noise rate Porteous highly, regardless of personality, Beale wasn’t really interested in him or indeed any other defenders, so it’s a non-starter.
For Michael Beale, Rangers’ formation is really 2-5-3, with the fullbacks more set up as wingers, and always attacking – the CBs sit deeper but that’s really about it. So we can forget Porteous because the boss is happy having two ball-playing centrebacks in the back.
As for Nisbet, he’s a top striker, but we feel Lawrence Shankland shades him – but either would have been a great addition – as it has developed, Millwall are paying Hibs’ asking price for the striker, and Nisbett, allegedly a Celtic fan, will make his way south into the Championship and team up with (former) Rangers target Jake Cooper at the Den.
So yes, there is a feeling of what might have been, but our manager wants to improve midfield and flanks, he is all about overloading the opposition with attacking football, but it’s very vulnerable at the back.
In short, he’s trying to play the old Guardiola and Enrique Barca system – not so much of the tiki tika, but lots of overwhelming the opposition with creative midfield, strikers and wingers. Barca didn’t have a defence either, they used Mascherano after all!
So those hoping for Porteous or any other defender, it’s probably not happening. And neither is Nisbet either. But there are still five days of Rangers’ transfer dealings, and in truth, we’ve only made one signing.
So let’s hope more is happening quickly.