After the signings of Harry Forrester and goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski, along with links to Accrington Stanley’s Josh Windass and Matt Crooks, many in the media have questioned our transfer approach and our managers ambition for the club.
Over the past 3 years – all we’ve heard about is how Rangers should live within their means and go about their business more astutely than in previous years. Criticized for overspending and now criticized for under spending? Is there no middle ground.
With Warburton in charge – the club looks to add young players cheaply from around the UK, instead of panic buying household names and familiar faces. He is boldly changing Rangers transfer policy, from a stagnant, short term plan – into a profitable and cost effective one. He is going where arguably no Rangers manager has gone before – looking FIVE feet in front of him instead of ONE.
The Magic Hat has always said he’ll look to assemble a squad of players who add value ON and OFF the park. That in summary means players who’ll prove to be a valuable asset in the future. Players who can improve and become expensive property after a few seasons at Ibrox.
Although he’s only been in Professional management for a few years, Warburton already has proven success with buying cheaply and developing a player’s sell on value.
As Sporting Director at Brentford, he helped identify unknown midfielder Stuart Dallas from Crusaders FC in Northern Ireland. The player went on to be great success with Warburton in charge, and was sold to Leeds Utd last summer for £1.5 million.
An even more incredible example of Warburton’s shrewd genius was his capture and development of striker Andre Gray from League Two’s Luton Town for just over £400k. The striker hit 18 goals for for Warburton’s free flowing Brentford and was sold for a mere £8 million profit to Burnley in August.
Thats Andre Gray from League Two, where both Josh Windass & Matt Crooks both currently play.
We have already proved that there are quality players in the English lower leagues who just need a chance to shine. When Martyn Wahorn and James Tavernier signed, a few eyebrows were raised and the term “Wigan rejects” was thrown around. Completely comical analysis on reflection.
Targeting players at lower league English clubs and mainly players who are free agents doesn’t show a lack of ambition but a willingness to chance the dynamic of the football club and its future.
Scottish football and its supporters have absolutely no right when it comes to snobbery in the Transfer market. Most of them jump at the chance to offload star players to these kind of teams. Jamie Murphy – a stand out for Motherwell and in the league – sold to a League 1 side. Stevie May – St Johnstone’s Scottish Cup winning talisman – sold to an English Championship side.
Celtic’s best player Leigh Griffthis? Where was he signed from? La Liga, Serie A, The Premiership? No. English League One. Need I say no more?
It’s not as if the Scottish Premiership is of such a high standard that we can we tuning our noses up at players because they play for Accrington Stanley. I remember Terry Butcher being praised constantly for using contacts in England to buy cheap talent for Inverness.
League Two has similar attendances to our own Premiership and I think there is a strong case for saying the quality of football is better also. Windass and Crooks may not be world beaters (yet) but they both seem to be highly rated and with Warburton in charge could improve even more. Windass, an attacking midfielder, has been tracked by a number of top clubs including Arsenal and Crooks is also drawing interest from teams in the Championship. It looks like they wont move until the end of the season but both sound like promising acquisitions.
Our fans must also realize what Warburton is trying to do by bringing in unknown and unproven players. He is establishing a progressive blueprint to make Rangers competitive financially and on the park. If we get up this season, we are joining a league which is a lot weaker than the one we left 4 years ago.
We must trust the manager, as going by his signings so far, we have absolutely no reason to doubt him.
Ohh and Jamie Vardy……………..