Glasgow Rangers are trying to stop Celtic from winning a tenth title in a row this season and they are on course to do so as Steven Gerrard’s side are still unbeaten in the league so far.
But Rangers haven’t balanced the books which could come back to haunt them later on.
If you cast your mind back to the start of the summer, Steven Gerrard’s side made some solid deals in the transfer window – signing Bongani Zungu from Amiens on a season-long loan could be considered quite the coup by the club in several months’ time whilst Calvin Bassey, Cedric Itten, Ianis Hagi, Jon McLaughlin, Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun have settled down to life at the Ibrox outfit.
However, Ross Wilson has spent a combined total of £10.35m via Transfermarkt, without any sizeable outgoings of any note, which has since turned out to be an unforgivable mistake.
Gerrard has excluded Jermain Defoe from the Europa League squad which has allowed him to create some space for Bongani Zungu and Kemar Roofe. The 38-year-old has had a solid start to the season, having scored one goal and supplied one assist in three games in all competitions so far, but has fallen down the pecking order behind the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Cedric Itten.
The £1.26m-rated ace has had his sights set on signing another new deal but the Gers shouldn’t even entertain that idea. While there were some rumours that Morelos may have been sold if a reasonable offer had arrived in the summer, the fact that he is still at the Ibrox and that the club have brought in two new strikers may leave some wondering why they even gave him a new deal in the first place. In fact, his European snub has raised further questions about his future at the club.
Let’s face it, Gerrard is hardly short of options up front. But Defoe is one of the best paid players at the club, so having him sat on the bench for some of the biggest games in the season would seem rather silly – if not ridiculously expensive. Therefore, the Gers may well find themselves caught in a conundrum of their own making.
The former 57-cap England international is arguably entering the twilight of his career. It would have made most sense to sell him before the start of the season but the board decided to give him a permanent contract. Whether or not Wilson will sell him in the winter transfer window remains to be seen. Get him gone, Gers.
AND in other news, Rangers must make bargain swoop for ex-Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge…