Rangers were busy throughout the January transfer window as they brought in a host of new players to bolster the squad at Ibrox.
Gio van Bronckhorst was given a fresh batch of players as Mateusz Zukowski, Amad Diallo, Aaron Ramsey and James Sands all came through the door, whilst a deal was also agreed for John Souttar to join the club in the summer.
Ross Wilson worked hard to improve the Glasgow giants’ squad but, with the benefit of hindsight, he did not enjoy a perfect month.
The signing of Diallo on loan from Manchester United has been a disaster so far, as he has struggled to make a positive impact in a Rangers shirt. In six Premiership outings for the club, the Ivorian has averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.32 and lost a whopping 74% of his duels in the top flight as he has been far from good enough out on the wing.
He has not provided the additional firepower out wide that Rangers needed, with right-wingers Ianis Hagi and Scott Wright managing five goals and one assist combined in the league. Meanwhile, Ryan Kent has 20 goal contributions playing on the left as he has carried the attacking burden.
What could Wilson have done differently?
During the January transfer window, it was reported that the Gers were eyeing up a number of attacking options, and Rijeka winger Robert Muric was one of the names mentioned.
The Croatian attacker was one of their targets but the club seemingly opted against a deal for him in order to sign Diallo, given that they play in the same position.
Wilson fumbled a deal for the 26-year-old as he would have been the Kent 2.0 that Van Bronckhorst needed on the right wing.
Muric has scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in 22 league starts for Rijeka this season whilst averaging a fantastic SofaScore rating of 7.32. He has been chipping in with goal contributions on a regular basis whilst maintaining a high standard in his general play.
In his most recent outing for the Croatian club, he produced a goal and an assist as he recorded a SofaScore rating of 8.4 against Osijek. He ended the game with an eye-catching four key passes, completed two out of three dribbles and won two out of three ground duels, highlighting his impressive all-round display.
Muric’s sublime form for Rijeka suggests that he would have been an excellent signing for the Gers, as he has been able to score and set up goals consistently this season, which Amad has been unable to do. Therefore, Wilson must now regret his decision to opt for the Ivorian youngster instead of the in-form Croatian in January.
One that got away…