Rangers must improve in this vital off-field area to challenge Celtic
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Rangers received £2.8m from transfer fees in summer

Rangers have revealed how much the club recouped in transfer fees as part of their financial results for the six months up to the end of December.
The club say in their latest financial review that they only recouped £2.8m in transfer fees. That means on average, the 11 players who left permanently in the summer made us just under £250k each.
It’s an area the club will be determined to improve on after some poor transfer management in recent years.

Rangers sold Josh Windass to Wigan Atheltic in the summer. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The club only received fees for two players. Declan John moved to Swansea for a reported £800k (Daily Record) and Josh Windass joined Wigan for what The Scottish Sun reported as a £2.5m move.
Whilst the sums don’t add on these reports, Rangers made healthy profits on both players.
John was a free transfer from Cardiff, Windass’ signature was subject to a small development fee after he signed a pre-contract from Accrington Stanley.

Rangers must keep up this kind of good business

This was good business by Rangers. But it’s business we must – and I’ve no doubt we will – get better at if we’re to challenge Celtic.
Transfer fees, either spent or received, are a vital part of any club’s finances. Where these sales are offset are in expensive mistakes like Bruno Alves and Carlos Pena.
But it’s about smart management too. We let Martin Waghorn join Ipswich Town for peanuts, before he moved to Derby County for a reported £5m a year later (Sky Sports).

The sale of Martyn Waghorn is widely regarded as a poor piece of business by the club. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

It’s also about ensuring you can make money on your original investment. The Caixinha era set us back on this, but you can see Gerrard is building a side where we now have real sellable assets.

You need top players to win the top prizes, so it’s important the club spend, and recoup, their money wisely.
There can be doubts the club are now in a much better position to ensure this happens going forward.

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