Rangers' transfer window was busy, but have they shot themselves in the foot?

Have Rangers shot themselves in the foot with transfer activity?

Rangers were certainly busy in the transfer window.
There’s no doubt that the business has strengthened the squad, too.
However, one niggling concern is whether or not they now simply have too many central midfielders at the club.
The roster is as follows: Ryan Jack, Ross McCrorie, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Lassana Coulibaly and Scott Arfield. Greg Docherty and Jordan Rossiter are out on loan with a view to returning.

Docherty has been outstanding in League One with Shrewsbury. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

“I love my midfielders”, Gerrard told the Scottish Sun on Friday.

“It gives me different options to play different ways with different personnel and that’s the way it should be at a big club.”
While Gerrard obviously has a point here, one wonders if it will work in reality.

A maximum of three players from the list above will take the field at any one time. That mean’s at least three are sitting out of each game.
There isn’t a need for three players of a similar position on the bench either, so one or two could regularly miss out on match day squads.

Glen Kamara is the latest addition to the midfield ranks. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That’s all well and good when the fixtures are coming thick and fast after the winter break.

When they begin to thin out as the season progresses though, things may change.
Then there’s the question of the loanees.
Greg Docherty has excelled all season down at Shrewsbury. How does he fit into the plans for next season?

What if Jordan Rossiter can finally get himself fit and performing at Bury?
Of course, both Steven Davis and Lassana Coulibaly are themselves at Ibrox on loan deals.
Yet, unless the former has a disastrous time of it, you would imagine Rangers would want to tie a player of his quality down in the summer.

A player of Davis’ class will be hard to leave out, leaving other players looking over their shoulder. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s easy to say – ‘we’re a big club, we need competition for places, so this is how it is.’
But, even if Coulibaly isn’t retained permanently, the Gers could find themselves with seven contracted central midfielders in the summer.
If Gerrard can manage this situation through until then, hats off to him.
It just doesn’t seem sustainable to me.


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