Steven Gerrard has upgraded his Glasgow Rangers squad for very little money so far this summer, with no expensive transfer fees have been involved so far.
Hopefully his shrewd low-cost new player investments will all prove to be as brilliant for the Gers as the Glen Kamara deal has turned out.
Kamara must be the best £50,000 spent since the late great Jim Baxter cost Rangers a mere £37,500 way back in the 60’s from Raith Rovers.
Promising 21-year-old defender George Edmundson has been announced by Rangers as signing a four-year-deal to remain at Ibrox, after Oldham finally accepted their bid of £650,000.
The centre-half completed his medical on Thursday before flying out with the rest of the Rangers signings for their nine-night Portuguese training camp sessions.
The Gers appear to have fought off rivals Celtic to become favourites to sign goalscoring attacking 22-year-old midfielder Joe Aribo.
Rangers may be banking on Aribo scoring goals and producing that extra bit of creativity, vision and composure that’s required in extremely tight games.
It also looks like Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool is in favour of Ryan Kent going back to Gerrard’s Rangers for another season-long-loan-deal.
However, there are plenty of other players looking to force their way into the Gers starting XI.
Jake Hastie will have to take advantage of every chance that comes his way. If he shows up well in games, Gerrard may not farm him out on loan.
Greg Stewart was a huge success with Dundee and Kilmarnock. He is extremely versatile and plays in many positions. Another useful player.
Pacy and talented winger Sheyi Ojo was another player Gerrard was keen to bring to Ibrox on-a-season-long-deal from Liverpool, and he succeeded.
Jordan Jones is a Northern Ireland international left winger who has an eye for goals and is very tactically aware player. A good squad addition.
Jamie Murphy who was one of Rangers best players is back from injury and looking to get back in the side again. Welcome back and good luck.
Graham Dorrans is a long-term injured player recovering to full fitness. It might take him a bit longer to get back up to the full speed required.
Greg Docherty went to Shrewsbury on a season-long loan and was transformed into an attacking midfielder, scoring 10 goals and winning the club’s Player of the Year award.
In Portugal the Rangers boss will put as many of his full squad through a series of vigorous physical and tactical work-outs to get them back to full fitness.
They will train, eat and rest together, and Gerrard will explain at Rangers you are expected to win every game, as second best simply isn’t good enough.
That is especially true this season, as the Ibrox club are going for a new world record of 55 league titles, and at the same time trying to stop nine-in-row for Celtic.
Will Gerrard know his best XI for the first round qualifying Europa League games? Thankfully, it’s now a very difficult job with all these new players.
He has four weeks to pick his players in training and a friendly match at Ibrox, unless a few more signings get added in time for the first tie.
Gerrard has an extra week before he decides who to choose for the return leg at Ibrox, and an aggregate win is a must to qualify for the next round.
There is always the chance that some players pick up a few nasty knocks early season, which could effect Gerrard’s chances of success.
Trying to pick the best Rangers side is so difficult for the fans at this stage of the season, until they can see the players perform in a few games.
Here is my possible line-up for the first game: 3 – 1 – 3 -2 – 1
Goldson, Katic, Edmundson:
Tavernier, Kamara Kent (or Jones):
Subs: Davis, Defoe, McCrorie, Jones, Ojo, Stewart, Firth
Players like Jermain Defoe, Steve Davis, Ross McCrorie,, Jon Flanagan, Matt Polster, Jordan Rossiter, Daniel Candeias and Andy Halliday will all be pushing for a place in the side.
However, others such as Andy Firth, Robbie McCrorie, Jak Alnwick, Eros Grezda, Kyle Lafferty and Glenn Middleton will all find it hard to get a lot of time in the team in 2019-20.