It’s finally happened – Rangers are this morning linked with a summer move for in-form Motherwell striker Kevin van Veen, in a potential transfer which rather underwhelms Ibrox Noise.
In fairness the Dutch striker has 20 goals to his credit this term, but we must admit it’s not particularly exciting to be linked with a 31-year-old striker with a League One and Two CV to his repertoire.
And his record at every level in football aside the Scottish Premiership is appalling:
20 goals in 117 in League One, 18 in 71 in League Two, one in 12 in the Eredivisie in Holland, and 16 in 26 in Holland’s second division.
He really doesn’t scream of an upgrade in any way, and if Rangers fans dismiss Lawrence Shankland (who at least has youth on his side and extensive experience as well as caps for his country) then Van Veen surely has no chance.
We are in favour of Shankland – he’s one of us and he has a decent CV. He is a good squad player who can provide depth.
But Van Veen is about as journeyman as there is, who has failed at pretty much every level and couldn’t even manage a youth cap for Holland.
Scunthorpe and Northampton failures are really not the calibre we want at Ibrox, we have enough garbage on our roster as it is without paying for yet more.
Added to Kieran Dowell, currently Ibrox Noise is a bit underwhelmed with the quality we appear to be aiming for this summer – we really do need major surgery and alpha-quality Rangers players.
Not this kind of chafe.
Hopefully the names will improve, and we include Morgan Whittaker in this.
Rangers need much better than rejects from England’s lesser divisions. Premier League-level players is the only way forward for our club to compete with Celtic.
Anything else is just not going to match them.