The Gers have been woefully inconsistent so far this season with a series of poor performances culminating in a 1-1 draw with Livingston at Ibrox which sees the club fall four points behind Celtic.
Rangers fans have seen the Ibrox slide coming and have all season long been bemoaning a lack of serious investment into the squad as our Old Firm rivals continue to spend.
One area of the park in particular which has seen negligent investment in recent years is midfield and it is quite remarkable that Rangers haven’t spent big on a midfielder since the £2.7m signing of Maurice Edu.
The midfielder joined the club way back in 2008 and since then Rangers have built and rebuilt midfields on a shoestring budget and with minimal transfer fees.
Only the signing of attacking midfielder and Mexican flop Carlos Peña – for a reported £2.2m – represents anything like money spent in the position and we all know how that turned out.
Rangers’ post-Maurice Edu midfield spending hampering club
Even the likes of Joe Aribo – signed on a £300k compensation deal and sold for £10m in the summer – was snapped up on the cheap and Rangers have been reluctant to spend on quality in recent seasons.
The current midfield cost the sum total of £50k in transfer fees to assemble with only Glen Kamara representing a fee paid.
Scott Arfield, Steven Davis, John Lundstram, Ryan Jack, James Sands and Nmandi Ofoborh were all signed on a free or on loan.
Even more attacking players like Tom Lawrence (free) and Malik Tillman (loan) haven’t cost a penny, although admittedly the club did reportedly spend £3m on Ianis Hagi, although the Romanian is generally employed further forward.
All of this has contributed to a feeling of negligence in the midfield position at Rangers and having to go back to Maurice Edu for such substantial investment in the position is telling.
Linked to the likes of Joey Veerman last summer – the midfielder now at PSV Eindhoven – this was exactly the kind of investment required to go to the next level.
Instead, Rangers are floundering with the same ageing midfield they had when Steven Gerrard first joined the club in 2018.