Former Rangers star blasts Ross Wilson's botched January recruitment
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Former Rangers star blasts Ross Wilson's botched January recruitment

Former Rangers star Andy Halliday thinks that sporting director Ross Wilson failing to strengthen the Ibrox starting XI in January played a massive part in the Gers woeful domestic form since the turn of the year.

Sunday’s Old Firm defeat leaves the Light Blues with almost no chance of winning the title as Gio van Bronckhorst’s side slipped to six points behind their bitter rivals.

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Having been top of the table in January, Halliday believes the poor recruitment in the transfer window is why there is deserved criticism of the likes of Ross Wilson in the wake of Sunday’s defeat.

“You look at back at January when Rangers had that lead,” Halliday said [Open Goal]

“Celtic brought in Hatate, Ideguchi, Maeda. They improved their team, improved their squad, improved their starting 11.

“Rangers brought in Diallo, who’s not kicked a ball, played about one game. Ramsey has started three games and now we’re in April. The Polish back-up right-back [Mateusz Zukowski] has started one game and it was against Annan.

And [James] Sands who’s hardly played. So that was what Rangers added to their squad.

“Celtic added four guys who improved their starting 11. Since then there’s been that swing.

“So for me, criticism for the board, criticism for people who are making decisions in terms of recruitment, and obviously the staff and players will get it as well.

“I can’t remember the last time Rangers spent a transfer fee.”

With a massive rebuild needed in the summer – regardless of whether Rangers had won the title or not – there are serious questions over whether Ross Wilson is capable of identifying the calibre of players needed.

Having a number of senior players out of contract in the summer, and several more entering their final year, there will almost certainly be a drastically different looking Rangers side come July.

Meanwhile, will Rangers rue not investing more of the Nathan Patterson transfer money in the playing squad?

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