Rangers’ transfer window is over – how did Michael Beale do?

Rangers’ transfer window is over – how did Michael Beale do?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 22: Rangers manager Michael Beale is seen during the UEFA Champions Qualifying Play-Off: First Leg between Rangers v PSV Eindhoven at Ibrox Stadium on August 22, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers’ transfer window, of course, is now over. Ibrox Noise predicted up to 20 players to exit, got laughed at, and 15 did indeed move on in the end. We brought in 9. So how do we assess the work done in the summer to overhaul and improve the squad?

Ibrox Noise brings you our full forensic examination of where this squad was, where it now is, and how we feel about what Michael Beale has done.

We begin in late May, and the releasing of 5 players, basically 6 including Steven Davis.

We lost Davis, Arfield, Morelos, Kent, Helander and McGregor.

One of these was a huge error – Arfield. Should never have been freed. Morelos was done, we have no regrets there. And Kent had such a loss of favour among fans, but his football motivation seems to have dipped. He’s having a modest time in Turkey. Arfield is our big regret there.

So we move onto the sales.

This window we sold Fashion Sakala, Glen Kamara, Antonio Colak, Mateusz Zukowski and Lewis Mayo. We sold just five players, and received around £13M for that lot. £4M for Sakala, £5.5M for Kamara, £2.5M for Colak, £500,000 for Zukowski and £350,000 for Mayo.

We loaned Alex Lowry, Ben Williamson and of course Ianis Hagi out (reported £1M loan fee).

Our view? The only sale we protested was Colak, with a nod towards Mayo. Shipping out Sakala, Kamara and Zukowski was fine.

Overall? We broke even. We spent about £15M+ and our sales amount to the amount, including Hagi’s loan fee.

Ok, so now we look at the signings.

It’s clear that just one of the signings has truly worked so far, that being Jack Butland.

We do like Cifuentes but he’s not ‘impressed’ with a big performance yet, and flopped v PSV. And while Dessers got those two assists in the first leg, aside that he’s been dismal. Danilo has been diabolical. Lammers fractionally better but flatters to deceive with little end product, again, aside an assist v PSV. Dowell was a squad man, Balogun is great but neglected, Sima, again, aside one massive goal has been abject. Sterling has also been neglected.

Michael Beale asked us to judge him on his team, Rangers fans demanded he be judged on his own work – on who he changed, shipped out, and signed.

We have to say, first leg v PSV and County aside, Beale’s Rangers changes have been a complete shambles so far.

The ‘give them time ffs’ brigade has been working overtime to slate anyone calling this out by saying ‘they need time to gel’ even though Killie’s NINE NEW SIGNINGS did it on day one.

So, what does this mean for tomorrow?

Beale will, like any other Rangers manager, be judged on his results against Celtic – it’s the way it is. And he will be hoping his Rangers squad works tomorrow – everything will look a tonne rosier and we’ll feel a lot better.

Player ratings and assessments generally apply to the whole picture – but the rules change when there’s a win v Celtic. Do that, and all the positives matter more. Dessers goes from epic fail to ‘has big moments and gave us a chance v PSV’ and Cifuentes goes from ‘unsure’ to ‘big big potential, what a player he could be’.

It just changes when there’s a win over Celtic.

Beale got some of that goodwill when he beat them (without a lot of meaning of course) last season, but he really needs the real stuff.

As things stand, his window was hard to praise really. Win tomorrow and things will look a fair bit brighter.

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  1. While I do think that Butland has been good, it should not be forgotten that McCrorie has a record of playing 6 games and lost only 1 goal. in case anybody thinks they were all friendlies the 6 included 2 against them, one at Pittodrie, one in Europe and one at Easter Road where he lost a goal in injury time. So, while Butland has been good, there is no evidence that McCrorie would not have been just as good.
    Rest of the signings? Nothing to see yet

    • McCrorie’s results were almost all meaningless unfortunately. Only one meant anything, the 1-0 v ‘them’ – performances in the split just don’t mean anything. You’re not wrong, strictly speaking, but there’s no evidence he would have been just as good either. The only glitch really is the absence of any one BIG save. He had 6 appearances and never made a special save in all 6. Butland’s already made several.

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