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Caixinha’s Summer Decision Under Scrutiny: Why Rangers Might Have To Pay The Price

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Pedro Caixinha’s young regime as the manager of Rangers is being under constant scrutiny from fans and media alike, particularly after the busy summer transfer window wherein they brought as many as ten fresh faces to the Ibrox Stadium. It was implied that their new acquisitions would take time to get together as a unit before they start hitting the right chords.

The Glasgow based outfit have brought significant players like Bruno Alves, Daniel Candeias, Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Alfredo Morelos to name a few and with their latest addition in the shape of Aaron Nemane from Manchester City on loan, they have piled a decent armoury in order to withstand the animosity which the Scottish football has on offer and to go toe-to-toe against the likes of Celtic and Aberdeen.

However, one of the ramifications which led to the rise of a lot of eyebrows was the exit of Barrie McKay, whose sale to Nottingham Forest, for a fee which is reported to be around £500,000, was sanctioned last month. For a major chunk of the summer transfer window, the Gers were heavily linked with Heart of Midlothian’s sensation Jamie Walker.

But as the situation stands, Hearts are reluctant to sell Walker for anything short of £1million and Rangers, even after their three failed bids, haven’t hit the requisite mark. With the summer transfer window ending this month, it hardly looks like there would be a move for Walker and frankly speaking, letting someone like McKay leave could make Caixinha regret it.

McKay emerged through the youth ranks of Kilmarnock and Rangers and was eventually promoted to the senior side of the latter. He impressed by putting his calibre and potential on display but due to some unknown reasons, the former Al-Gharafa boss couldn’t trust him and instead of shipping him out on loan, he decided to strike him off his books.

The Scottish international is a fine youngster who could ply his trade on either wing as well as an attacking midfielder. Despite being a youngster, he accumulated plenty of experience under his belt while playing for the Teddy Bears and although he is criticized for being inconsistent, he would learn in the days to come.

The 22-year-old has started spell at Nottingham Forest in an appealing manner, having accumulated 5 Championship appearances under his belt already and has banged 2 goals and registered 2 assists so far. Failure to sign Walker coupled with seeing McKay’s scintillating start to his life with the Tricky Trees must have been hard on the Rangers’ supporters.

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