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What went wrong for Rangers in the summer transfer window

Rangers were already on a rollercoaster when the sport started. They beat PSV Eindhoven and secured a Champions League spot, but at the same time suffered a humiliating loss to Celtic in their clash with the old company.

Although the Heat have welcomed seven new names this window, the absence of Joe Aribo and Calvin Brazil, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, due to the form and fitness of many of the first-team stars, is in difficulty. Some of their summer signings have settled in well, but the manager is expected to look for better quality ahead of clashes with Liverpool, Ajax and Napoli.

No proper replacement star

Meanwhile, with Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos set to become free agents next summer, things could get worse for the Light Blues. They have been integral to Rangers’ recent rise, so with their long-term future uncertain, the club should look for a similar replacement.

Antonio Colac is now the preferred centre-forward ahead of Morelos, but the Croatian ‘9’ cannot be considered a replacement for the Colombian killer. Instead, with Kemar Roofe’s lingering injury problems and the departure of Cédric Itten, Gers are set to further strengthen the front line.

Kent, on the other hand, remains irreplaceable on the left, despite his recent lack of form. New signings Rabbi Matondo and Malik Tillman are more effective on the right, while Tom Lawrence, despite being competent as a left winger during his Derby days, has shown more control when operating as a “No 10” of power and creativity. The Rangers club should add more quality to reduce their reliance on underachieving Morelos and Kent.

no new goalkeeper

Despite the presence of Scott Bain as replacement for Joe Hart, the Celtics showed greater ambition by attaching Benjamin Siegrist to Boseman. However, Rangers extended the contract of 40-year-old Alan McGregor and promoted Jon McLaughlin to the new ‘No. 1′, who has only been deployed occasionally since the summer of 2020. failed to do enough to cement a starting role for the Champions League side and his poor rim play exposed the Light Blues’ fragility at the last line of defence.

Bassey and Aribo exports

Rangers accepted a high bid from Ajax for Brazil, who performed well in the Europa League final. Financial constraints forced them to part with their prized assets, but they couldn’t find anyone who could emulate his success on 3-point defense. Although Ben Davies and Ridvan Yilmaz have yet to adjust to their new surroundings, neither of them has the attributes of a more ruthless young Nigerian in the centre-back and left-back roles.

Aribo also left Southampton, where he was instrumental in their success under Steven Gerrard and Van Bronckhorst. The Super Eagles playmaker is first and foremost a complete midfielder who portrays his versatility by inserting a ’10’ or even a ‘false 9’ in the lower right. Lawrence has some similarities in his game, but for now Hurt After Ibrox started such a brilliant life, it was unfortunately a hindrance.

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