As Celtic reportedly demand £12m for a player in the final year of his contract, it gives a huge inclination as to why Rangers fans expressed frustration towards club legend Barry Ferguson last week.
The Parkhead club is reportedly hoping to secure the transfer fee for Norwegian defender Kris Ajer, 23, who is now in the final year of his deal.
According to the Daily Record, Premier League Norwich City are readying the sizeable bid despite the fact they could sign the player for free next season.
We’ll take the claim with a pinch of salt but there’s little doubt Celtic have achieved in the transfer fee received column over the last decade, something which is to their credit.
Rangers have made it clear that player trading will form a major part of the club’s business model going forward following years of investment into the playing squad.
Many feel that Celtic have managed to get inflated prices for their players with the help of compliant media cheerleaders who’ve attached major fees for their top stars at every opportunity.
Ajer is perhaps the latest example.
Whilst the proof is in the pudding – and Celtic have a proven track record with supplying clubs down south – Rangers are preparing to do the same with their own prime assets.
The Gers will need to sell as per their business model with Finnish international midfielder Glen Kamara one of the club’s most valuable stars.
There’s a feeling in Rangers circles that should any of the clubs linked express a proper interest, the fee starts at around £10m and ends around £20m with the 25-year-old a major player for the club.
Despite this, ex-Rangers captain Barry Ferguson drew the ire of Rangers fans by suggesting the Ibrox side would accept a bid of £7m for the ex-Arsenal kid [Daily Record].
It’s an amount that is paltry in the eyes of plenty supporters and Celtic’s valuation of Ajer – whose contract has half the time to run of Kamara’s – highlights exactly why.
Gone are the days when Rangers lowball the club’s best talent – and whilst we might not go to overzealous Celtic extremes – there’s something to be said about talking up our biggest assets.
There’s barely a Rangers fan out there who’d be happy to see Glen move down south for such a middling fee.
Here is how Rangers fans reacted to Ferguson’s “baffling” comments as they seek to talk up one of the club’s biggest assets.