Rangers fans might’ve not sent ex-Celtic defender Kris Ajer any best wishes following a move to Premier League Brentford, but his early success can help back up the Ibrox club’s recent transfer stance.
There has been much made regarding Rangers’ apparent need to sell players following their untimely exit from the Champions League qualifier.
All along, manager Steven Gerrard has been adamant that the situation remains the same as it always has; if a club meets Rangers’ valuation, a player will be sold.
To date, no-one has flashed the sort of cash that will have the Gers directorate thinking twice with a reported £5m offer from Everton for Nathan Patterson laughed down Copland Road.
Patterson, 19, is one of the most highly sought-after talents in the Scottish game and the paltry offer from the Premier League had Gerrard buckled with the Ibrox gaffer describing it as “unreal”.
It’s clear that Rangers won’t budge on their top talent, and this is somewhere Celtic have found success in recent seasons whilst the Gers have faltered.
Kris Ajer is the latest in a long line of Celtic players over the last decade who’ve moved down south for substantial fees.
The reported £13.5m transfer fee paid by Brentford is also frustratingly impressive given the fact the Norwegian only had a year left on his deal at Parkhead.
There might be calamity to come with Odsonne Edouard, the £9m signing from PSG potentially set to leave for nothing next season, but the Ajer deal is objectively good business.
However, for anyone thinking they can lowball Rangers, the player’s success can help build the Ibrox club’s case for higher investment south of the border.
Newly promoted Brentford have had a solid start to the season, defeating Arsenal 2-0 in their season opener before drawing with Crystal Palace without conceding a goal.
Ajer, 21, started both matches and should he continue to impress south of the border, he’ll embolden the case surrounding Rangers players like Nathan Patterson.
If Premier League clubs want to secure the best talents in Scotland, then Scottish clubs best be prepared to make them pay.
Whilst Patterson might be staying put at Rangers, one player linked to join him has been spotted back in his current club’s colours this week.