Rangers haven’t had resounding success in the transfer market recently, as numerous signings just haven’t forced their way into the starting XI and only a few geninely improving the first-team at Ibrox.
Along with a sense of regret over the players in whom they invested, they may also rue the ones that got away in terms of prospective signings which didn’t materialise.
One player on whom the club will be gutted to have missed out is Brentford striker Ivan Toney. The 31k-p/w marksman – who was hailed as a “lion” by his manager Thomas Frank after an excellent start to his Premier League career – could have easily ended up in Glasgow.
While Toney was plying his trade at Peterborough in 2020, Rangers were linked with a move for the striker, who admitted that he was close to agreeing a move to Ibrox. However, he instead signed for Brentford and has netted a quite ridiculous 47 goals in just 85 appearances (0.55 per game) for the west Londoners.
There seems little doubt the 26-year-old would have been a fantastic success in Glasgow. Instead of signing Toney, Steven Gerrard secured the services of Kemar Roofe, and although the Jamaican has been good in spells for the Ibrox side, in retrospect the Bees marksman would have been the better signing.
Roofe has plundered a solid tally of 34 goals in 71 matches for the club (0.48 per game), but his injury-prone nature often hinders the team, and this return could have been much better if he was fit more often.
There is no chance of Rangers signing Toney now, whose market value is a whopping £31.5m, and it is a case of opportunity missed for Ross Wilson yet again.
With the Premiership winners this season more than likely qualifying for the Champions League group stage next term, Toney’s goals could have made a massive difference if they were for the Gers, especially with Alfredo Morelos missing the last chunk of the season due to injury.
Hopefully, another mistake like this won’t happen again in the future.