Two signings in – Rangers fans offer verdict ‘so far’

Two signings in – Rangers fans offer verdict ‘so far’
Rangers' new left back Jefte (Credit Rangers FC)

Rangers fans have been having their say so far on the club’s summer window, with it now being technically four players old.

To date, defender Leon Balogun has signed a contract extension, winger Oscar Cortes has renewed his loan for another season with obligation to buy, and new blood Jefte and Clinton Nsiala have both arrived on these shores as the summer’s first ‘eternal’ recruits.

And the fans have offered an opinion in an Ibrox Noise poll on the work done to this date, with a number of major Rangers outlets offering positive spins on what’s currently arriving.

And that opinion was probably a bit underwhelmed.

In the poll, around 1500 votes at present, just 10% were outright impressed by the incomings thus far, with 73% offering a more calm ‘it’s alright’ verdict, while a significant 17% didn’t think it looked great at all.

In truth, it falls significantly short of where the club needs to be, but of course, we’re only approaching halfway into June with the window not actually technically open yet (that’s on Friday).

That said, the calibre of player to arrive definitely doesn’t jump out as anything like a game-changer, and while we absolutely support the idea of a trade model which brings in untapped gems and then turns them into asset players we can sell for a profit, we will absolutely need established quality in there too, as well as experience.

The trade model has been a diabolical fail at Rangers for around a decade – just that one 8-month period of Giovanni’s reign where we sold Steven Gerrard, Nathan Patterson, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey for a hefty chunk of cash.

Before and since then, it’s been abysmal, with not a single sale reaching higher than £4M (Sakala and Kamara both earned around that last summer) since July 22. Meanwhile Celtic have been shipping players out for £10M, £20M before and since it.

So we support a system of bringing in some players who are young and will become valuable in time.

But it is unlikely to be an immediate footballing success and despite Alan Hansen (Get well soon sir) and his legendary ‘you can’t win with kids’ comment on Man Utd’s class of 92, it’s a different world today to say the least.

Rangers will need to add quality funded players on top of the ‘projects’ and we hope for those inspired and exciting signings to arrive in due course as the window goes on in earnest.

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