It was easily the most crucial transfer window for Rangers in many years. After three promotions in four years, the Gers made their way to the Premiership, where they were meant to be. In the Gers’ absence, the Premiership had become more of a monopoly of their arch rivals Celtic and Rangers needed a host of quality players to take Celtic’s mantle down.
Mark Warburton has done an excellent job in the summer to bolster the squad at his disposal as much as he could. The transition from Scottish Championship to the Premiership is a big one and the 53-year-old brought in both quality and depth in order to live up to the massive change. The Gers were active in the market from the very beginning to the deadline day making their presence felt.
Matt Gilks from Burnley on a free transfer
Joey Barton from Burnley on a free transfer
Joe Dodoo from Leicester City on a free transfer
Niko Kranjcar from New York Cosmos on a free transfer
Josh Windass from Accrington St on a free transfer
Matt Crooks from Accrington St on a free transfer
Clint Hill from QPR on a free transfer
Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool on a free transfer
Lee Hodson from MK Dons for an undisclosed fee
Joe Garner from Preston North End for an undisclosed fee
Philippe Senderos from Grasshoppers on a free transfer
Luca Gasparotto, released
Nicky Law, released
Nicky Clark, released
Maciej Gostomski, released
Cammy Bell, released
Scott Roberts, released
Tom Walsh, released
Liam Kelly, released
Ryan Hardie, released
David Templeton, released
Darren Ramsay, released
Dean Shiels, released
What they managed to bring in
Rangers managed to bolster their squad very much economically. It’s a well-known fact that the Gers are not cash-rich like Europe’s most clubs. Still, they managed to get both quality and experience as well as youth blood in the team. The likes of Barton, Hill, Senderos, Gilks, Kranjcar all are rich with experience and offer a lot to the Rangers squad. While, young players like Rossiter, Crooks, Dodoo were also brought in. Rangers also managed to sign a quality striker in Joe Garner, previously an ‘English League One Player of the Year’. Warbs has maintained the balance right and with depth, they can go toe to toe with Celtic in the league.
What they still lack
In just one transfer window, improving the squad drastically is not a cakewalk and we have to applaud Warburton. There are no such big weakness in the squad. The Gers have deep squad rich with both quality and potential.
We would give Rangers a nine out of ten for the business they have done this summer.