Rangers manager Philippe Clement has confirmed Rangers will be doing further business in the January transfer window, amid clear evidence, as if any were needed, that his current squad simply isn’t good enough to usurp Celtic.
Clement might have achieved extraordinary things since taking over but came undone at Celtic Park, due to a probable combination of his own errors and his squad just not being up to scratch.
And that result, coupled with a slightly strained but eventually comfortable win over Kilmarnock, has only fuelled Rangers’ need to strengthen significantly this month, with a squad that is clearly not strong enough to sustain a challenge this season and will likely come up short against the city rivals when it counts.
“We’re going to do some more business. Everybody in the club is aligned around that and we have now one month to do the good business.”
Ridvan’s excellent recent displays slightly lessen the urge for a new LB, albeit that position may remain on the cards given Borna Barisic’s continuing injury issues, and CB also need more resources as well.
Midfield has Raskin back now, while Sterling is in outstanding form and Lundstram continues to deliver, so it’s not too critical, but the wings are desperate.
No Sima this month, McCausland still being ‘new’, Matondo being inconsistent, and Lawrence being injured means the creative flanks are threadbare.
Rangers are definitely working on the wings.
But up front is poverty.
Fabio Silva’s bright debut doesn’t mean much yet, while Cyriel Dessers continues to frustrate fans despite his big moments. Rangers surely need another body in there. Shankland, perhaps.
The point is more is being done, and while we don’t expect the big £6M to be spent, we do expect at least three more players coming in, players to enhance the first XI and not as squad.
Rangers absolutely need new players this month, and the manager is working on getting them.
We watch and wait.