It’s amazing how one simple article about Rangers summer transfer spend can be equated to the board trying to distance itself from Michael Beale.
A transfer summary piece similar to Rangers News 2023/24 review has seen fans pile more pressure on the Light Blues boss due to recent comments he has made about his budget.
Chris Jack has claimed that Rangers net spend is in the region of £6m whereas Michael Beale has said that the figure is closer to breaking even.
Rangers transfer spend and what Michael Beale said
First of all, what did the manager say about his budget for this summer?
Post match against PSV Eindhoven, via Rangers TV, the Gers gaffer revealed:
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“We had to sign these players. There’s been a lot said about the fees, I’ll tell you, you’re miles out.
“‘Who cost what and who cost this’, you’re miles out.
“We had to replace the players that went out, they’ve all contributed so far, they could all show a little bit more.
“We invested probably about £13m on nine players. It’s not like we spent millions on one or two; we spent £13m on nine players.”
Jack, on the other hand, has done his maths and said that Rangers have spent £15m, however, he has rounded up to include some total deals that have been reported and not just initial outlay.
He has also, as explained later on during the Rangers Review morning briefing, said that agents fees were also in this total – Michael Beale obviously didn’t take this into consideration.
The Rangers Review reporter cut £1m off of Fashion Sakala’s fee from a previous £4m he claimed in The Herald to £3m – which one is it?
It’s the perfect example of when form and results set a narrative.
The truth is, that the figures are both pretty similar, half a million here or there can easily equate to a difference in the overall total.
Is it worth getting upset about? No.
Does it mean that Michael Beale is being targeted by the board? No.
The perfect storm of a Champions League exit, an Old Firm defeat and an international break.
When is the “proper” football back?!