Yes, we didn’t even mention new signing Kieran Dowell did we? Officially announced yesterday, the ex-Norwich man is now a Ranger, as we suggested would be confirmed a day or so ago.
The 25-year-old doesn’t excite us in the slightest, we’re honest enough to admit that. He does have a reasonable speck of Premier League experience on his CV, but another attacking midfielder isn’t really what the fans want to see, and the signing hasn’t really been received with the massive excitement usually reserved for major additions.
His resume is ok, as we’ve said he has a reasonable 20+ appearances in the Premier League, but he’s an attacking midfielder without much gravity, peaking a year or so ago when the Canaries were still in England’s top flight and he amassed 20 appearances and that one goal.
It’s ok, it’s decent, but in his position you expect a bit more for a Rangers player, so while it’s a solid enough addition in terms of squad depth, well, that’s not an area we exactly lack options.
Hagi, Cantwell, potentially Tillman, Lowry, Lawrence and now Dowell – how many more attacking midfielders do we actually require?
Of course, the contrary argument is that January’s additions were excellent so trust the manager’s judgement in this guy, and that’s fair enough, but it doesn’t alter how many 10s we now seem to have.
From being excessively heavy back in the day on the left wing with a ridiculous amount of options (at one point it was Kent, Jones, Hastie, Murphy among others) now it’s behind the striker that we’re going very intense on, as the choices fill up.
But then, perhaps Beale’s point is he didn’t sign the rest? He wants his own options, his own depth?
But unfortunately we can’t afford to have 500 options in one position just because the manager isn’t keen on the existing ones. Players definitely need to leave to help this out.
But we digress.
We’re not going to get excited about Dowell – he isn’t a rotten player but he doesn’t have the obvious quality Todd Cantwell before him did even prior to his arrival.
That said he is a Rangers player and we will support him. Let’s hope he’s another Cantwell or Raskin and quickly becomes a beloved Rangers player as those two already now are.