As reported in an exclusive by The Scottish Sun, Dave King has reaffirmed his commitment to squad investment by attempting to assure supporters that he will back new boss Pedro Caixinha in the transfer market.
Dave King hasn’t exactly been the most public of figures around Ibrox in recent months, seemingly taking a back seat on the hunt for Mark Warburton’s successor at the club.
However, as The Scottish Sun reports, he’s spoken to Pedro Caixinha for the first time recently and is set for a face-to-face meeting with him next week.
When asked whether transfer funds would be available to the new manager this summer, he said:
Of course. This season has been disappointing, but I believe the squad is better than their results, and the new manager will get more out of them.
It follows up quotes from Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson in the wake of Warburton’s departure. At that time Robinson reaffirmed the club’s commitment to squad investment.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Robertson said:
We know we are going to have to invest in the team to strengthen the squad and to take it forward. So all of these things are there. We need that. Without that we won’t take Rangers forward. That investment is going to be a key part of assisting Pedro to take Rangers forward.
If all goes to plan then Gers supporters could be set for a very interesting summer indeed.
The Ibrox side made 13 signings after their promotion to the Scottish Premiership with the likes of Joey Barton, Niko Krancjar, Joe Garner, Jordan Rossiter arriving at the club. All of these on paper seemed like exciting signings at the time but most haven’t worked out.
The biggest outlay was on Garner, who cost a reported £1.5m, not an insignificant amount in comparison to most Scottish sides.
If the Gers can repeat the sort of spending last season this summer, but in a smarter way, then building a squad to at least ensure second place is not impossible. Closing the gap on Celtic won’t be easy but it all begins with smart signings.
Headline grabbing signings like Barton are all well and good but Caixinha needs to bring his own men to Ibrox, even if they aren’t exactly household names.
Rangers supporters have gotten used to big promises from the hierarchy at the club in recent years and would likely much prefer to see actions rather than words, making this summer a big one for the perception of Dave King and his colleagues amongst the support.
Certainly the recent words of King haven’t particularly struck a chord with supporters, some of whom took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
So Dave King says he will back Caixinha in the transfer window. I would certainly hope so but we will see how much in the summer I suppose.
— Kirsten (@Kirsten93_) March 16, 2017
This summer will be where we see if King is the owner he promised at Rangers. Caixinha needs to be able to start building his own squad.
— Ray (@rc89_) March 16, 2017
The mood could perhaps best be described as cautious optimism.
What’s certain is that the next six months are massive in shaping the future of Rangers Football Club.