Genuine question Ibrox Noise would like to raise: if we ignore Michael Beale pretending he wanted to sign Sam Lammers and Dujon Sterling from birth (barely an exaggeration), what exactly led to these players and the likes of Cyriel Dessers actually being not only scouted more than once, but being players of interest?
Rangers’ scouting network is around 7 or 8 men (albeit there’s claims it’s being thinned) and those men were part of bringing Lammers, Dessers, Sterling, Sima, Danilo, Dowell and even Jose Cifuentes to Rangers’ attention, to Michael Beale’s attention.
The question we have to ask is after going from quality Premier League players like Scott Arfield, Allan McGregor and Steven Davis, not to mention Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos, what scouting exactly deemed that the players who came in this summer were good enough for Rangers?
Who was behind those decisions, which, currently, look absolutely abominable.
The only summer signing to work thus far is Jack Butland – even the bright start initially from Jose Cifuentes has disappeared and so has he. While we love Leon Balogun, he’s been ditched, and the rest of the incomings have absolutely bombed.
So we ask again – why were players like these on Rangers’ radar?
Why did we sign Abdallah Sima? Why Cyriel Dessers?
What was the exact data-driven and player-driven analysis which led Rangers to the conclusion that these lads were the correct fit for our club?
If we look at the stats of Alfredo Morelos, they were excellent – albeit in a modest league. Jonatan Johansson knew him, knew him well, and brought him to Rangers’ attention. Neil McCann could only speak highly of Glen Kamara and we all saw his talent at Dens Park. Ryan Kent was just a loan, but started to really shine for Rangers in the autumn, and was someone Michael Beale DID know well, and we paid big money to keep that talent.
And as we said, Arfield, McGregor, Davis – all experienced PL players with excellent CVs and bonus Rangers backgrounds.
So what inspired our manager that yes, Dessers, Lammers, Sima and Danilo, to name just four, would fit in perfectly at Ibrox?
See, the ‘give them a chance’ brigade are not completely wrong – look how long Barisic took before he finally settled. But he was also a world class Croat international the whole time and had starred against us in the Europa League – he just wasn’t settling in at Rangers yet. Rabbi Matondo too has started to shine a year later, but he was also a well-capped Wales international, so surely he had something to him?
But Dessers? Danilo? Lammers? Sima? Dowell? Sterling? 6 senior caps between all 6 players and that’s a LOT of players to get wrong. Only Butland and Balogun have shone, and one of them got dumped, while Cifuentes is just an odd situation at the moment despite a few caps for Ecuador.
We guess we just don’t understand the logical thinking, the reasoning, the study, the scouting, the analysis which went into processing the accuracy of these players’ appropriation at Ibrox.
In short, what made Rangers think that Abdallah Sima was a good replacement for Ryan Kent, or that Sam Lammers or Danilo would fill the gap left by peak Alfredo Morelos?
We do not know, and the only caveat is that these guys ‘come good’. Because, truth be told, not only should they never have been on Rangers’ ‘list’ in the first place, but they cost far far too much for what they are.