Glasgow Rangers director of football Mark Allen left the club last month after overseeing strong transfer windows over the last few years.
The high number of shrewd signings appear to be setting Rangers up for a very realistic title challenge this season.
The end of last seasons winning run against the best teams in the league, showed the Ibrox club that they were heading in the right direction of potentially winning the 2019-20 SPFL title – at last.
The standard of play displayed by Rangers this year is truly remarkable, especially when you consider how little money Allen and manager Steven Gerrard have paid out for most of the starting X1.
The older Rangers fans can see the difference this new team and the quality of the football they are producing. It is the best by far since the club finally ran out of money, all those years ago.
It has taken a long time and an understanding of the thousands of Rangers loyal fan base, that refused to let the Ibrox club die during the doldrum years in the process.
Rangers are so lucky to have Gerrard, the best manager in Scotland solidly behind his team, and for that decision alone, Allen has been hugely successful in Scotland.
Gerrard and Allen have used the small transfer budget extremely wisely since the ex-Liverpool hero arrived at the club in the summer of 2018, and without a doubt his decisions are proving successful now.
Before Gerrard finally arrived at the Ibrox club, he gave his blessing to signing Allan McGregor (by far the best goalkeeper in Scotland) on a free transfer from Hull City – thank you boss!
Then new man bought Connor Goldson from Brighton, the English Premiership side in June 2018 on a-four-year-deal for a bargain £3 million and is still the mainstay of his defence.
21-year-old Croatian centre back Nikola Katić left NK Slaven Belupo to join up with Gerrard’s new revolution in June 2018 on a four-year contract, for only £1.5 million – the real deal and a great steal.
Borna Barišić is the Croatian left back who previously played against Rangers in the Europa League for Osijek before buying him in 2018 for another £1.5 million bargain – an amazing piece of business.
This season Rangers have added 26-year-old left-sided Swedish centre-back Filip Helander after signing him from Italian side Bologna in the summer of 2019. He has 10 caps, is on a four-year contract and cost £3 million.
Defender George Edmundson signed in the summer from Oldham after being head hunted by Rangers who were desperate to get their man for only £650K. He has a tremendous future ahead of him in a Rangers jersey.
The strongest part of the new Rangers side is the midfield who have effectively cost next to nothing to put together.
Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield and Steven Davis are all free transfer deals, with ex-Arsenal man Glen Kamara costing a measly £50K from Dundee, and a young star of the future in Joe Aribo costing £250K from Charlton in compensation.
The four group stages features Feyenoord, Young Boys of Berne, Porto from Lisborn Portugal, and Glasgow giants Rangers.
Pot four was always going to serve up a difficult group to qualify from, but if more Rangers players can find their form at the same time, it would help the team to win the league group a lot easier.
Rangers are sitting at the top of the current SFPL with a two point lead over their bitter rivals Celtic and are also in exactly in the same situation as the other three teams in the 2019-20 group G.
Gerrard has a great bench of top players to choose from now. A selection of quality in every position in the new Rangers starting X1 line up.
Rangers could line-up with the following line-up 3-3-2-2.
McGregor: Goldson, Katic, Helander: Tavernier, Edmundson, Barisic: Jack, Davis: Morelos and Kent, (Arfield or Defoe, if Kent is injured).