Aberdeen’s Duk to Rangers could spell major change at Ibrox

Aberdeen’s Duk to Rangers could spell major change at Ibrox
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 08: Michael Beale, Head Coach of Rangers FC, arrives at the stadium prior to the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Celtic Park on April 08, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After Ibrox Noise discussed a summer Rangers move for Aberdeen’s Duk, we also referred to the Great Walter’s preference for bringing in solid SPL players to strengthen our lines.

Back in the day Smith would aim at Steven Whittaker, Steven Naismith, Kevin Thomson, David Weir, Andy Webster, Kenny Miller, Kris Boyd and many others to get as much experience at SPL level as possible.

And it worked, didn’t it? It was garbage for Europe, Manchester aside, Walter’s performances in the UCL were only a bit better than our recent shocker last year, but it dominated the league.

So should Rangers begin hoovering up the best our league has to offer?

Rangers need to catch up with Celtic, we’re a mile off, and just because they spend £20M on Squid Game doesn’t mean we have to match their model.

Rangers spent just £4M on Todd Cantwell and Nicolas Raskin, and look at how a bit of smart scouting has given us a path forward – it wasn’t like Walter didn’t sign players from other leagues.

But it’s the core of the very best from the league along with wise overseas additions that could be a path forward.

We’ve seen Kevin Van Veen, Kevin Nesbit, Duk, Lawrence Shankland all linked with a switch to Govan…

We’re not saying sign the whole SPL, but we do feel the core of our squad is just too soft. Ryan Jack isn’t the tough man he was, Lunny has lost a yard, Kamara was always a wimp, and none of our strikers are particularly strong, including Morelos who was never the big tough physical presence our fans like to think he is.

We used to do it, used to sign up the best of the league, and Walter made them stronger than the sum of their parts by turning Rangers back into the best team in the division.

We don’t think Michael Beale is half as good, and he’s certainly not half as disciplined – he doesn’t have winner mentality at all.

But it can’t hurt us to build forward by having some players in our team who actually have a bit of grit about them.

Not that we lost out on Porteous or Ferguson or Doig or Hickey or anything…

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