Inside Rangers Recruitment - The Athletic

11huistra11

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Good article again from Jordon Campbell, this part in particular jumping out at me as a positive sign going into this window:

“That has freed up a chunk of wages that will help Rangers invest in replacements, with a commitment to quality over quantity. There has been a feeling that too many players are simply there to make up the numbers without contributing. That has to change and it is hoped a tighter squad will make every player feel like they have a defined role.”
 

JD1872

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Our focus this summer has to be to bring in a few players of quality. We made far too many squad signings last summer, the majority of which contributed nothing.

its a difficult balance because if we get to the group stages in Europe the amount of games take their toll
 

ShotaShuffle

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I get that we may have been top heavy with regards squad numbers, but also feel the manager should maybe have trusted some of the squad fringe players to come in and try and impress rather than stick to the same old tired legs playing Thursday Sunday each week. Dont think we utilised the squad as best we could but Im not the gaffer.
 

supersonic

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I dont usually agree with copy and pasting of articles but this is one I'd love to be pasted in here :))

Looking back I'm surprised Gerrard didnt kick up more of a fuss about recruitment, even last year it was shocking when you look at Barker etc.

Got a feeling Wilson will "get it" more than Allen did. We need to recruit mentally strong players.
 

High Society

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Our focus this summer has to be to bring in a few players of quality. We made far too many squad signings last summer, the majority of which contributed nothing.

its a difficult balance because if we get to the group stages in Europe the amount of games take their toll
All wingers
 

High Society

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I dont usually agree with copy and pasting of articles but this is one I'd love to be pasted in here :))

Looking back I'm surprised Gerrard didnt kick up more of a fuss about recruitment, even last year it was shocking when you look at Barker etc.

Got a feeling Wilson will "get it" more than Allen did. We need to recruit mentally strong players.
Do you not think the manager has the final say?
 

supersonic

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Do you not think the manager has the final say?
I suppose so. But if that is the case that worries me even more. Rubber stamping 10k a week Barker. I'd be worried if they thought last years recruitment would be enough to mount a title challenge.
 

IbroxForever

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The bulk buying has been a problem every summer since we came back to the top div. I really hope we will be looking at quality instead of squad players that will never play.
 

High Society

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I don’t think we signed a British player that hadn’t played against us, Hastie, Barker, Stewart, Jones,being 4 examples. Much as I love the manager he has to take responsibility for them. The Manager tells the DOF what type of player he wants and what positions he needs strengthened.

The Board ( and us ) provide the cash. In my humble opinion we should have signed a striker the moment Alfredo was suspended. we should always have the option of a BIG striker. Our loss of form was down to a loss of goals.

Whatever our budget is we need a striker, a strong aggressive ball-winning midfielder and a centre back.
 

bigwoo

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I dont usually agree with copy and pasting of articles but this is one I'd love to be pasted in here :))

Looking back I'm surprised Gerrard didnt kick up more of a fuss about recruitment, even last year it was shocking when you look at Barker etc.

Got a feeling Wilson will "get it" more than Allen did. We need to recruit mentally strong players.
We need winners
 

BearAbroad

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100% we need quality over quantity now - no more squad fillers required.

If we are putting so much effort into out youth system, would really hope that some of our young players (if deemed good enough of course) can step and and fill fringe squad positions next season.

Do players like Kelly, McRorie, Patterson, Kennedy etc really offer that much less than we got from Barker, Polster, Halliday, Flanagan and so on..
 

Hebridean blue

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100% we need quality over quantity now - no more squad fillers required.

If we are putting so much effort into out youth system, would really hope that some of our young players (if deemed good enough of course) can step and and fill fringe squad positions next season.

Do players like Kelly, McRorie, Patterson, Kennedy etc really offer that much less than we got from Barker, Polster, Halliday, Flanagan and so on..

Probably not
 

Grigo Yossarian

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100% we need quality over quantity now - no more squad fillers required.

If we are putting so much effort into out youth system, would really hope that some of our young players (if deemed good enough of course) can step and and fill fringe squad positions next season.

Do players like Kelly, McRorie, Patterson, Kennedy etc really offer that much less than we got from Barker, Polster, Halliday, Flanagan and so on..
Agree.

And on your last paragraph. The additional benefit of the youngsters v these others is that they have more scope to be better players, and real
Assets, in the longer term.
 

Uddy Gers

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We still need to get rid of Polster, Barker and Jones. None of them are good enough.

I do like Stewart though. Gerrard started him in his natural position once last year, and he ripped Aberdeen apart. He is a player I’d like to keep to help break teams down. He suits playing against the low block whereas a player like Arfield suits a European style game.
 

Necro

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We still need to get rid of Polster, Barker and Jones. None of them are good enough.

I do like Stewart though. Gerrard started him in his natural position once last year, and he ripped Aberdeen apart. He is a player I’d like to keep to help break teams down. He suits playing against the low block whereas a player like Arfield suits a European style game.
Everything good said about Stewart is based on that one game, he's been mediocre
 

scooter70

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Its a phrase I heard last summer as well from the manager, we then got Hastie, Barker, Stewart, Ojo etc etc etc

We desperately need quality thats for sure
 

Tugay83

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Yeah, we have talented youths who can fill in if necessary.
The harsh fact is most guys who come through our youth system will struggle to get to the level of Barker, Holliday, Jones etc. Suppose the argument is do you gamble and use the money spent on squad players on fewer starters of real quality and then plug the gaps with kids who sooner or later will be asked to do a job they are not ready for.
 

rfc_chris_rfc

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The harsh fact is most guys who come through our youth system will struggle to get to the level of Barker, Holliday, Jones etc. Suppose the argument is do you gamble and use the money spent on squad players on fewer starters of real quality and then plug the gaps with kids who sooner or later will be asked to do a job they are not ready for.
You say ask a job of kids who aren’t ready for it but the players mentioned quite clearly weren’t good enough. So replacing them with youths is no downgrade in that sense. We might as well start using them because if we don’t what’s the point in having a youth system. At this stage we don’t know if the youths aren’t ready for it as they’ve not been given a chance. Next season the squad should include players like Patterson, kelly etc
 

Tugay83

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You say ask a job of kids who aren’t ready for it but the players mentioned quite clearly weren’t good enough. So replacing them with youths is no downgrade in that sense. We might as well start using them because if we don’t what’s the point in having a youth system. At this stage we don’t know if the youths aren’t ready for it as they’ve not been given a chance. Next season the squad should include players like Patterson, kelly etc
Yes but there's a very good chance some of them could be even further off the level we need than the underperforming squad players. That's the gamble. Jones, Halliday etc aren't good enough for us but they have had, compared to most players who are ever attached to a professional club, extremely successful careers and were previously key players for smaller teams, playing every week and doing well. Most guys who come through our development system don't get to that level.
 

RFC_Champions

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This article is up there with Michael Beale’s articles/podcasts about training, styles and formations in terms of being a “good read”

It means nothing if the results aren’t being produced on the pitch though.

Hopefully things change this summer and into the new season.
 

DavieM

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I am pretty sure the same article could have been written last year and the year before. Our moves to tie up squad players last year was probably the strangest dealings we have had in the transfer market for donkeys years.

We have been saying we simply need 3 or 4 quality starters added to the squad and we will be good to go - that hasn't ever happened.
 

Juanito2

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is it against the rules for anyone to copy n paste it here ? could anyone summarize instead ? for those of us who aren't signed up.
 

Degausser

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is it against the rules for anyone to copy n paste it here ? could anyone summarize instead ? for those of us who aren't signed up.
Yeah we don’t copy and paste Athletic articles. I think they threaten suing places who do it but also Jordan is trusted by the club so we shouldn’t harm one of our own.

I read it about an hour ago so can’t remember everything. But the main thrust of it was that we’ve signed too many u23s without enough experience, we’re moving our models to target players who we can sell to the top 5 leagues in Europe and not the English Championship, academy and first team scouting is joining up looking at profiles of players, we’re expanding our scouting staff and we didn’t furlough any scouts (like other clubs did).
 

Orange Man

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I suppose so. But if that is the case that worries me even more. Rubber stamping 10k a week Barker. I'd be worried if they thought last years recruitment would be enough to mount a title challenge.
If SG thought barker was a player, then that concerns me quite a lot.
We all knew he wasnt, i also thought Kents value should have half what we paid.
There s a big depreciation there.
 

wayoutwest

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Like the way their thinking, hopefully someone with a foot like Albertz, we need to be a threat from 20yds and a wide attacker who can score goals to avoid being less reliant on Morelos/Defoe.
 
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