Rangers’ must decide club priorities for next season as 23/24 begins

Rangers’ must decide club priorities for next season as 23/24 begins
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 13: Michael Beale, Head Coach of Rangers FC, looks on prior to the Cinch Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 13, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At last the season is over, with thoughts now turning to next season and the challenges that lie ahead.

This season is one which most fans will want to forget, as there’s very few positives to take away from the campaign.

However here are a few –

  • The emergence of McCrorie in goal as a more than reliable goalkeeper, but fans will question the logic of bringing in potentially Butland when we’ve got a capable keeper already in place. Only MB can answer this.
  • Souttar looking like a leader in defence. Finally he looks at home in a Rangers shirt, it’s just a shame it has taken to the back end of the season for this to come into play. Wrap him in cotton wool ahead of next season!!
  • The January signings of Raskin and Cantwell, these look a fine piece of business by the Club. Only downside is the attachment & love the fans already have with these players, so it’s going to be hard to say bye to them when inevitably large bids will be made for Nico & Todd.

It’s gong to be an interesting four weeks before pre-season starts, and just how many will join Kieran Dowell before this date?

The priority next season has to be winning the league, no doubt in my mind that this needs to be won. Europe is great in terms of exposure for the club as a whole, but sometimes it can have a negative effect on the squad. You only have to look at how the poor performances in the UCL had an effect on the team.

Bear in mind that our neighbours across the city will go straight into the UCL along with guaranteed millions that this brings in, so do we aim for the same for just the money that it brings? Or would we be happy to drop into the UEL as this might be more our level in terms of competing? This season was great to qualify for the UCL proper, that that excitement was quickly taken away after getting spanked game after game, and then being labelled as the worst-ever UCL team. Do we want the same to happen again, or is there more confidence (based on the signings of Raskin & Cantwell) that we would be able to give a better account of ourselves?

I have to be honest, I missed the Thursday night European games after having them for a number of seasons under Gerrard & GVB, felt as if there was something missing after New Year. There was a level of anticipation with these games, as I always felt that we had a chance of winning – whereas this season I was happy to be along for the ride, but do I want the same experience again this season, not really.

Suppose will depend on the players that we sign during the close season.

But it will be interesting to hear what the fans would want to see European wise – as the priority above all else is winning the league.

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  1. We need the money CL brings to compete with them both financially and for status. Raskin & Cantwell will definitely help, but don’t forget we played Cl without a Central Defender, using a youth player and a midfielder. If I remember right, when Goldson went off we were 1-1 with Liverpool.
    I have faith that the Beale who brought in Raskin & Cantwell will get at least some of the summer buys right and we will catch them. They are not as good as MSM makes them out, we can qualify then take the 3rd place route to the Europa that our seeding would assume. Win the league and there would put a very different picture in place in 12 months.
    Let us pray. GSTK

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