It’s time for Rangers to make a truly big signing

It’s time for Rangers to make a truly big signing
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Rangers manager Philippe Clement looks on during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on April 07, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Is this to be the summer where Rangers finally make a truly seismic signing?

Ever since the days of Steven Gerrard, Rangers fans expected the former Liverpool icon to make a massive addition, a marquee signing in keeping with his own name, given he had legendary status in the sport.

Over the course of his three and a half years, it’s safe to say Gerrard didn’t sign a single player we’d call marquee, the best he did being washed-up Jermain Defoe who was no longer wanted by Bournemouth, or free agent John Lundstram, experienced in the PL and with a market value of around £12M at the time. And both of them came for Gerrard – one being a mate, the other being a huge boyhood fan.

Indeed, it was probably Giovanni van Bronckhorst who made the one truly sensational signing in Wales’ Aaron Ramsey in recent years, and while the deal was a chronic failure, for name alone it was colossal.

But overall, since the days of signing Gazza, Laudrup, and even the more recent days of bringing Cuellar and Jelavic, Rangers really haven’t signed anyone of massive gravity.

Todd Cantwell was a complete unknown up north, and despite having a former £40M price tag and interesting Aston Villa as a Grealish replacement, his stock had plummeted and Norwich, a Championship club, didn’t want him any more.

What we are saying is, we’re having to ‘reach’ in order to call any players of recent decades ‘big signings’.

Ramsey clearly was the biggest, and arguably the worst in so many ways, and the days of signing someone sensational who actually works out seems a long way away.

Or is it?

Could Rangers be in the market to bring in a big name?

We name-dropped Alex Pato recently as a big free agent, and while he surely won’t be coming to Rangers, we do think Philippe Clement needs to find a quality addition with a big name simply to give Rangers fans some excitement.

Sure, it won’t be a Gazza or a Laudrup – these were one-off miracles.

But there’s a real malaise around right now, and finding a gem of an opportunity where a big player is available and interested in Rangers might be the nice boost in morale the club and fans need.

But just, please, not another Aaron Ramsey.

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