Rangers had one of their better summer transfer windows in recent memory, adding in some much-needed quality to boost the Ibrox side ahead of a busy campaign.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst signed Malik Tilman, Ben Davis, John Souttar, Ridvan Yilmaz, Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, and Rabbi Matondo this summer and with four wins from five in the Premiership and qualification for the group stages of the Champions League, there has been an instant impact from some of the new arrivals.
It could have been better though, with the manager concluding early on deadline day that there would be no last-minute arrivals. It was slightly disappointing news for the supporters, especially with the Champions League riches that are sure to line the Ibrox coffers.
One player that the club missed out on was Billy Gilmour, who joined Brighton and Hove Albion for £9m on deadline day, and it was a tough one as the Gers had been linked with a move for the player during the summer.
The Scot actually started out his career at Rangers, being developed through the Ibrox academy before Chelsea secured his signature when he was just 15.
His spell in London has allowed him to develop properly and he got his opportunity under Frank Lampard, with Roy Keane lavishing praise upon him following an FA Cup tie against Liverpool in 2020, saying it was a “world-class” performance.
Under Thomas Tuchel, Gilmour won the Champions League in 2021 but spent last season on loan at Norwich to gain regular game time.
The Canaries were relegated but Gilmour was one of the better performers when he got a chance in the side, making one key pass per match while on average, taking 61.9 touches each game, showing his desire to constantly get on the ball.
His experience in the Premier League and at international level for Scotland – where he was man of the match against England in Euro 2020 – would have made him an important signing for Rangers if he returned to Ibrox.
Henry Winter has described Gilmour’s move to Brighton as a “steal” for the seaside club and despite the Light Blues receiving around £1m from the transfer, the Dutchman would much rather have the 21-year-old in his squad.