New signings were a major talking point as Steven Gerrard told reporters “Rome wasn’t built in a day” in his pre-match press conference looking towards Kilmarnock.
The Gers gaffer might’ve spoke about the need for “marquee signings”, but he also talked about the players already at the club. Some have improved, others have faded, but Gerrard called out his own signings who haven’t stepped up to the plate.
We’ve pinpointed a total of nine players who haven’t done enough to merit their place in his squad. Many are fighting for their futures at club.
The likes of Umar Sadiq and Ovie Ejaria left the club before the January transfer window. The likes of Gareth McAuley and Steven Davis will struggle to convince Gerrard they deserve a stay beyond this season.
Lassana Coulibaly too has not done enough, barring an initial strong first month of the season. Jon Flanagan has also lacked the desired quality to make the grade at Ibrox.
Rangers investment in Croatian football may yet prove fruitful. But as of right now, Nikola Katic, Borna Barisic and Eros Grezda are not doing enough. Especially when you consider they cost the club anywhere between £5-7m [Katic reported £2m, Barisic reported £2.2m, Grezda reported £2m].
You can maybe give Nikola Katic a bye for his role in the Europa League run in early season.
It’s a considerable number of players and you’d imagine one or two from this category will fall victim to Gerrard’s axe.
The club are striving to bring in quality but with every new signing comes a risk. Rangers are also dealing in a different market from many clubs of a similar size.
But the Gers boss has been very clear that if signings don’t step up to the plate soon, Rangers will invest elsewhere. It’s very much now or never for these players at Ibrox.