The Gers have signed seven players in total this window – having lost Nigerian trio Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo this summer – but the jury certainly remains out on the bulk of them.
Tom Lawrence (free), Malik Tillman (loan) and Antonio Colak (£1.8m) have been impressive additions but as for the other four it’s yet to be seen to which scale they will impact the squad.
Younger signings like Ridvan Yilmaz (£5m) and Rabbi Matondo (£2m) are clearly project players and there are doubts that we’ll see the best of them in the early part of this campaign.
Ben Davies (£4m) and John Souttar (free) have barely been seen for whatever reason – the club frustratingly quiet about the entire thing – and having joined Filip Helander as defensive absentees the summer’s defensive business has left us irresponsibly short at centre-back.
James Sands – perhaps earmarked to move into midfield alongside John Lundstram this season – is now being forced to deputise. Leon King could yet be cast into an important first-team role this season as a result.
Adding to the club’s injury woes are the likes of Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi, Nmandi Ofoborh and Alex Lowry, who are also adding to the wage bill despite a lack of contribution for whatever reason.
Rangers fans frustrated as board take deadline day signing gamble
Only three of the seven signings look prepared to seriously add quality to the squad’s options at present and the whole thing has Rangers fans a tad nervous heading into the domestic campaign.
Rather remarkably, Rangers also haven’t spent a penny since qualifying for the Champions League despite the clear financial boost for doing so adding to the Europa League Final run and the combined sales of Nathan Patterson (£16m), Joe Aribo (£10m) and Calvin Bassey (£23m).
Rangers reportedly missed out on the likes of Joey Veerman last summer and Andreas Skov Olsen in the winter and the club’s perceived lack of quality investment is – rightly or wrongly – being lambasted by many supporters.
These players would’ve filled the influential, goalscoring central midfielder and right-side left-footed winger roles the club’s support have been demanding improvement in for the last 18 months.
Instead, Sky Sports are reporting that Rangers’ transfer business is done hours before the window closes with links to Evander and Ross Barkley seemingly petering out like a burst, deadline day balloon hissing its way through the streets of Govan.
The expectation from the support for the final week of the window was sizeable – not monumental – and we all expected at least one, if not two players who would directly improve the first XI.
One marquee, deadline day signing who boosts spirits and improves the Rangers side and who proves the Ibrox club won’t let Celtic power away from them in the transfer market.
Instead, we’re looking at our rivals reaching a £20m net spend for the second summer in a row and a Rangers squad which doesn’t even have two available first-team centre-backs or strikers.
Rangers fans watched the board complacently allow Celtic to catch up last season and were largely saved by the miraculous run in Europe to the Europa League Final in Seville.
Amid Gerrard leaving – the Scouser offering murmurs about a lack of transfer support since – there was an element of forgiveness but this time around perceived negligence will be met with anger.
Lose to Celtic this weekend – Ange Postceoglou’s team clearly unlikely to drop many points against the rest of the Scottish Premiership sides – and we’re already five behind.
Having failed to add to a squad that is somehow paradoxically bloated and understaffed the Rangers Board are taking one almighty gamble and in only a matter of days we’ll get a glimpse into the likelihood of it paying off.
In fact, if reports are to be believed it’s actually looking more likely Rangers will lose a key player rather than gain one.