Rangers transfer policy for the summer has more-or-less been to get good players, on cheap deals, from across the UK.
Of the club’s six (potentially seven) signings, all of them are British. All of them have also plied their trade in either Scotland or the English lower leagues.
There’s a clear strategy at work here. But it’s not just in signing the talent that’s beneficial to Rangers – it’s also been a good window for weakening our rivals.
Jordan Jones was arguably Kilmarnock’s most dangerous player in 18 months of the last 24.
Whilst the final six months of his Killie career was spent largely in the shadows – a kind of bitter punishment for signing on at Ibrox – the 18 months before it saw Jones impress at Rugby Park.
Whilst his goals and assists ratios need to be higher at Rangers, there’s no doubting his direct running, tricky feet and lightning pace caused problems for Killie’s opponents.
They’re made weaker by the player’s exit.
Greg Stewart is another who’s been missed by the Rugby Park faithful. Stewart spent the first half of last season on-loan, hitting eight goals for the club, including one at Ibrox.
He moved to Aberdeen in January and struggled after being pushed out wide by Derek McInnes.
These are two signings which weaken two sides who we really struggled against last season.
Now, instead of firing on all cylinders for them, Rangers will be demanding they do against them.
Starting with Kilmarnock on the first day of the season.