The Scottish window has been officially opened as of 14th July with FIFA giving the Scottish FA the go-ahead to keep it open until midnight on October 5th.
The unprecedented step means Rangers have close to three months to secure talent and will be more than two months into their league season before the window closes.
The decision comes with the Scottish lower leagues set to kick off on the weekend of October 17th and 18th.
The SFA announced the news via a statement on their website:
“A request submitted by the Scottish FA to open the transfer window from today (Tuesday, 14 July) until midnight on Monday, 5 October has now been approved by FIFA.
“In arriving at the recommendation the JRG’s Regulation Sub-Group took into account the following circumstances:
- FIFA has confirmed that the summer transfer window cannot exceed 12 weeks. The staggered start dates to SPFL competitions and the need to try to strike an appropriate balance to allow all clubs to prepare for the new season.
- MD1 of the Betfred Cup is scheduled for Tuesday, 6 October.
- The recommendation from the European Leagues and UEFA that European associations close their transfer windows on 5 October.
- That the SPFL Board has approved, subject to approving the Regulations, amended loan principles for the coming season which extend the existing October Loan Window for League One and Two Clubs to also cover Championship clubs.
- Alignment, so far as possible, with other leagues and associations.
“FIFA has also confirmed that the first registration period for Scottish Women’s Football will be from Wednesday, 15 July until Tuesday, 6 October.”
This means Rangers have plenty of time to get new signings in through the door but Steven Gerrard has previously sought to snap up talent as quickly as possible in the transfer window.
So far Rangers have announced the permanent signing of Romanian wonderkid Ianis Hagi, former Leicester City Academy full-back Calvin Bassey and Scotland international keeper Jon McLaughlin.
The Ibrox club has been linked to a range of players across Europe so far this summer with the latest being that of CSKA Sofia and Bulgarian national team midfielder Kristiyan Malinov [Glasgow Times].