Rangers go for ‘Class of ’24’ in bold transfer strategy

Rangers go for ‘Class of ’24’ in bold transfer strategy
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 14: Rangers Manager Philippe Clement speaks to Dundee Manager Tony Docherty before the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Dundee FC at Ibrox Stadium on May 14, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

If there’s one thing we’re sure most Rangers fans have noticed this close season, it’s the sheer number of unknown 20-year-olds and younger that the club is scouting and moving in on.

This isn’t speculation, this is strategy. We’ve already secured Jefte from Fluminese at 20-years-old, and he replaces departed Borna Barisic.

But the most tangible part of this is the number of obscure players the club is scouting, moving in on, from especially South America and even Africa.

It’s a strange strategy, of bringing in a glut of overseas youngsters and gambling the club’s season and future on them, hoping to secure a ‘Class of 92’ aka Manchester United.

Of course the big difference is Sir Alex had those kids all the way through the youth ranks and he knew how good they were, that he’d found the perfect storm of an exceptional core of potentially world-class kids.

In Rangers’ case, we’re signing a glut of overseas youth and taking a big punt that they will settle at Ibrox and immediately nail it at the club.

The gamble, really, is that Rangers, at this stage, don’t appear to be too interested in signing Scottish, or even British at all.

We are loosely linked with one or two, but the significantly tangible and ‘happening’ signings seem to be those youth prospects from overseas along with other non-EU players:

Damiàn García, (until recently) José Ángel Córdoba Chambers, Relebohile Mofokeng, Yusuf Kabadayı, Thomas Galdames, and Adama Traoré are among the names being linked, with the odd Kenny McLean randomly thrown in there too.

Of course, we know we’ve offered Aberdeen’s Connor Barron a contract, and we’re interested in Killie’s David Watson, but there’s clearly a massive emphasis on cheap overseas talent that we can turn into assets.

It’s a gamble of a move, and it’s evidently the strategy Philippe Clement and Nils Koppen are going with.

Can it turn Rangers into champions?

Unless you want to go into the one-off Class of 92 logic, and apply that to every single time a club goes for a youth strategy, no, it probably can’t.

It’s a concerning strategy for sure, and we absolutely pray the club knows exactly what it is doing.

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