As we said yesterday on Ibrox Noise, Rangers manager Philippe Clement has not only promised ‘further business’ in the transfer window, but he’s dug his heels in with a claim of ‘very active’ as well.
In short, following some weeks of playing down January’s transfer window as a difficult one, which it is, the painful loss at Celtic has changed the landscape significantly and massively reinforced Rangers’ need for some major work this winter period.
While there are far from unlimited funds to spend, and Rangers’ deals will mostly be Bosmans and loans, the manager does want a fair heft of new bodies in and is on record as being a big believer in having a large squad.
And while January is that difficult window to do good work in, Clement and Rangers will be trying to get in as much as possible over the next four weeks.
As the Celtic match made clear, there are weaknesses all over the pitch, while half the squad remains out injured and Abdallah Sima in particular is now away for AFCON.
So while the funds will not be massive, we would expect at least the number of bodies Rangers brought in in January 22 with four new players, even if all four of them were poor additions back then.
Fabio Silva of course is already ‘in the building’ and we suspect Clement is looking for potentially another five quality players on top of him – with Europa League last 16 fast approaching next month, plus Rangers not out of the title race by any means, Clement knows the pieces are in place already.
But the club needs more.
We do believe the budget is around £3M tops, so some player-exchanges might be required to facilitate some of these deals – the big one being spoken about still remains Lawrence Shankland, but that’s a tough deal to make happen.
Either way though we can expect a tonne of movement this month, more than usual in January.
If this doesn’t happen, the club has failed in the transfer window, because the intention is 100% there to make a lot of things take place.