We’re taking a look at the record initial transfer fees paid by Rangers, with a rundown of the club’s 10 most expensive signings of all time.
Rangers’ top 10 has a rather different look to it than that of many other clubs, with the majority of their biggest signings coming across the late 1990s and early 2000s, with only one transfer from the last 15 years making the list.
Record transfer fees paid by Rangers – Top 10
At the bottom end of the top ten are four players, with Ronald de Boer, Barry Ferguson, Arthur Numan and Bert Konterman each costing the club a reported £4.5m from Barcelona (August 2000), Blackburn Rovers (January 2005), PSV Eindhoven (May 1998) and Feyenoord (July 2000), respectively.
Next, are Andrei Kanchelskis and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Kanchelskis moved to Ibrox from Fiorentina in July 1998 for £5.5m, while van Bronckhorst reportedly cost the same fee from Dutch giants Feyenoord, with his transfer also going through in July 1998.
Next comes Mikel Arteta. The current Arsenal manager joined Rangers from Barcelona in June 2002 for a reported £6m and spent two seasons in Glasgow before heading back to Spain to join Real Sociedad.
Michael Ball and current first-team star Ryan Kent are in joint second.
Rangers signed the former from Everton for £6.5m in August 2001 and the latter moved to Ibrox from the other big club in Merseyside, Liverpool, for the same initial fee 18 years later in September 2019.
The record transfer fee Rangers have paid for a player dwarfs all the others on this list, though.
The Gers stumped up a reported £12m to sign Tore André Flo from Chelsea in November 2000 and he went on to score 35 goals in 68 appearances for the club.
He would return to England in 2002 but his value had depreciated considerably by that point, with Sunderland paying just £6.75m to secure his services.