Ex-Celtic target man John Hartson has criticised Rangers’ summer transfer policy, urging the club to focus on quality over quantity.
The Gers have been busy in the transfer market thus far, making five new signings; Portuguese quartet Bruno Alves, Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso and Daniel Candeias, and Ryan Jack.
Mexican duo Eduardo Herrera and Carlos Pena and Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos are also believed to be ready to move to Ibrox once work permits are arranged.
The big ex-Bhoys frontman suggests that Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha should not be making such dramatic alterations to his squad, citing his former Celtic team as an example.
“You go back to Martin O’Neill’s days – he bought me for £6 million, Chris Sutton for £6m, Neil Lennon for £6m and Alan Thompson and we got to a UEFA Cup Final,” The Express quote Hartson as saying.
“I know the money is not there now, but big clubs want big players to make an impact and make an impact in Europe.
The controversial pundit goes on to suggest that Rangers’ focus should be on bringing in more expensive players of greater quality.
“If I was the manager of Rangers I would be asking for £10m and I would bring in three players – one at £4m and two at £3m.”
Hartson’s comments may make for uncomfortable reading for those at Ibrox but they have little choice, given the lack of financial clout at the club.
Some may be worried that gelling a squad with so many new faces may take time and the fact that the new signings have little experience of playing in the Scottish Premier League may put the Gers at an immediate disadvantage.
Fans will be hoping that Caixinha’s bold policy will not result in the club falling further behind rivals Celtic, having finished a significant 39 points adrift last season.
But by insisting on bringing in new faces before the start of pre-season training, the Rangers boss seems confident that the club will be ready to hit the ground running when the new campaign kicks off in August.