Glasgow Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson had some tough decisions to make during the summer transfer window as he attempted to improve Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad.
The Light Blues chief sanctioned exits for Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, with the latter two both leaving on permanent deals, whilst the experienced Nigerian departed on a free transfer.
Wilson used the funds generated by the sales to bring in John Souttar, Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Malik Tillman, Ridvan Yilmaz, Rabbi Matondo, and Ben Davies.
He needed to bring Davies and Souttar in to offset Bassey and Balogun’s exits from Ibrox, as van Bronckhorst would have been left light in the centre-back department without any reinforcements.
However, it has been a rough start to life in Scotland for Davies and Souttar has struggled with injury since joining. The former has only played once in the Premiership so far and has been an unused substitute in the club’s last three matches, whilst the latter has been out of action since making his debut for the Gers at the end of July.
Their early season struggles may leave Wilson wondering whether or not he made the right call in deciding to bring them in during the summer.
One player the sporting director had a shocker with was West Brom central defender Cedric Kipre. The Ivorian machine was a player Rangers reportedly had their eye on throughout the window but they seemingly opted against firming up their interest in him with a tangible offer.
Since making the move, Kipre has been in superb form in the second tier of English football. The central defender has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.01 and made 3.9 tackles and interceptions per match – more than any Rangers player in the Premiership this term – whilst winning 63% of his individual duels.
Journalist Josh Bunting described his physique as “immense” and claimed that he is good on the ball, further suggesting he is a “fantastic” player at Championship level, which is backed up by his aforementioned statistics.
The pair’s respective statistics suggest that the Cardiff loanee could have been a better signing for Rangers as he is more active defensively, wins a higher percentage of his duels, and has been putting in consistently brilliant performances this season, whilst having two years on the Englishman.
Therefore, Wilson made a mistake by opting against pursuing a deal to sign the £14k-per-week Baggies enforcer as his form this term suggests that he could have been an excellent addition to van Bronckhorst’s squad, something Davies has not been as of yet.