Rangers fans have taken aim at a journalist’s tweet which encapsulates coverage regarding Celtic selling their best players whilst Rangers retain their top talents.

Ewan Murray of the Guardian was tweeting after Celtic sold striker Odsonne Edouard on deadline day for a reported £15m to Premier League Crystal Palace.

“Celtic from a “weak” position have sold three players for £30-40m in two windows (and I’m aware of Edouard sell on %),” tweeted Murray.

“Rangers haven’t sold a single player for meaningful money since Steven Gerrard or Ross Wilson arrived. Quite the contrast, however you interpret it.”

These comments come after Celtic also sold influential first-teamer Kris Ajer to Brentford for a reported £13.5m earlier in the window, despite both players being in the final year of their contract.

The other transfer referred to by Murray is that of Jeremie Frimpong, who was sold to Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £11.5m in January.

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Rangers in contrast held on to the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Borna Barisic and Glen Kamara, with no clubs seemingly willing to meet Rangers’ asking price for the players.

As the Gers look to move into a player trading model – something the club has been repeatedly clear must happen to make Rangers sustainable – it’s important to set the right precedent.

Rangers Managing Director has previously asserted that the club “need to start moving one or two players a year”.

Celtic’s player trading in recent seasons – whilst to be commended – has also saw them downsize significantly and that is no clearer than in the window just gone.

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Kris Ajer is another name who left Celtic this summer and no matter what their fans might think, their squad looks considerably weaker this season. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Alongside Edouard and Ajer, captain Scott Brown has left whilst influential first teamer Ryan Christie joined Bournemouth on deadline day.

This follows the high profile exits of Kieran Tierney, Moussa Dembele and Stewart Armstrong, players whom Celtic have struggled to replace.

There’s no doubt that Celtic’s approach has left them considerably weaker and allowed Rangers to assert their dominance on the nation’s game.

Part of that dominance has gained Scotland an automatic place in the Champions League next season and by retaining the club’s top players Rangers embolden their chances of securing the £30m-£40m jackpot that comes with it.

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Rangers fans have been boosted by the news the likes of Alfredo Morelos will not be leaving Ibrox this summer as Celtic downsize. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Beyond that, by refusing to sell players under their market value Rangers are sending a warning to clubs that they will no longer do business at cut-price fees.

This is best exemplified by the rejecting of an £8m bid from Everton for back-up full-back Nathan Patterson, who remains one of the biggest talents in the Scottish game.

And that’s before we mention a stagnant market brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s certainly a complex situation but it is not quite as black and white as Murray’s tweet would suggest and Rangers fans let the journalist know:

 

Rangers might not have let anyone of any real first team significance leave on deadline day but Nikola Katic and Cedric Itten did leave for Hadjuk Split and Greuther Fürth respectively.

According to one journalist, that may not be the last of the exits either after he claimed he’s “been told” another outgoing may be imminent.

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