Rangers must avoid £30m gamble as Ibrox fired Premiership warning shot
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Rangers must avoid £30m gamble as Ibrox fired Premiership warning shot

As the dust settles on a lacklustre Rangers display at Pittodrie, fans will probably heed the words of manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and accept the Premiership point was not a bad result in the circumstances.

There will be nights like this and – stopping short of justifying what was a timid and thoroughly disappointing display – moving on from it quickly will be the best medicine after a bruising evening.

Dodgy refereeing performances aside, Rangers were second best for the most of the match and Aberdeen were more than good enough for their point and the 1-1 draw on the night.

When Ryan Kent was sent off by order of Jonny Hayes and Scott Brown, that sinking feeling in the stomach suggested things might’ve got even worse.

Van Bronckhorst praised his charges for holding fort in those final stages and the club still has a strong four-point lead heading into the remainder of the campaign.

But with some key players out of contention this stuttering display should act as a Scottish Premiership warning shot to Rangers with the January transfer window still open.

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Rangers have had their bank balance boosted by a £12m rising to £16m investment from Everton in Nathan Patterson but we’re yet to see it reinvested.

With the likes of Joe Aribo on AFCON duty, and Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Kemar Roofe all injured, there was a distinct lack of quality to impose Rangers on the match in the northeast.

There’s been much said about the strength in depth in this Rangers side but the fact new signing James Sands was pitched in ahead of John Lundstram gives an inclination that our midfield needs a quality addition.

On the right wing too – occupied by the disappointing Scott Wright as Gio’s tactics reduce the impact of James Tavernier – Rangers look decidedly unimpressive.

On top of that, this is a Rangers team in clear need of fresh energy and enthusiasm with the Dutch coaching staff needing to put their own stamp on things before the summer window.

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Fresh faces breed fresh competition and the match against Aberdeen very much had the feel of Gerrard’s stuttering start to the campaign with Gio’s honeymoon period seemingly over.

For these reasons, there’s a growing sentiment that Rangers need to give the squad a boost with at least one first-team signing that strengthens the XI ahead of the rest of the campaign.

With the £30m prize of Champions League group stage qualification going to the victor of this year’s Scottish Premiership, failure to do so could be a major gamble that seriously costs the club.

Meanwhile, a routinely Rangers-linked Aberdeen star has reportedly been the subject of £3.5m interest from Serie A.

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