The sale of Mateusz Zukowski just about summed up the catastrophic failure that was Ross Wilson as Director of Football, and the kind of work he did over the course of 3 years to cost Rangers so much money.
The Pole, an inexplicable addition from Lechia Gdańsk on a four-year deal (always a four-year deal under that DoF), was an absolutely bewildering addition, with zero CV behind him, aged just 20.
He made just one appearance, in the cup, in that infamous match in Annan alongside a bunch of other fringe players, and can at least boast he never let a goal in as a Rangers player…
It was a bizarre addition – it wasn’t just that James Tavernier is completely untouchable at RB, including even to the cost of the potentially world-class Nathan Patterson, it was that the squad fodder here was clearly well below the level needed in Zukowski, and Rangers were left with no option but to farm him out on loan to Lech Poznan.
And guess what? Even they didn’t rate him and dumped him into their reserve team for the entire loan. Where he still struggled…
That Rangers have actually managed to sell the lad at all rather than mutual consenting him is, in a word, a miracle.
The fee is said to be a loss of £250,000, with the original fee weighing in around £500,000, which just shows yet more money down the drain by Wilson and our relief that he’s gone.
There is absolutely no way former manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst sanctioned the signing of a Polish kid he’d never heard of, and this one falls squarely on Wilson.
Wilson oversaw a lot of absolute chafe signings in his time at Ibrox, and while some handwringers will claim the fees for Aribo, Bassey and Patterson, it would take someone with their arms tied to actually fail to get good numbers for them. And even then they were all sold at net prices that none are likely to gross out on with appearances for the full number.
So yes, another fail bites the dust. We wish the lad the best, but he should never have been here.
Kind of like Wilson himself.