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Four days left Smith – get looking!

Another transfer window, another Rangers target on his way to Celtic.  With four days left of the January transfer window, Rangers manager Walter Smith HAS to find at least one player to bring in to the Ibrox squad for the season run-in.

It is getting extremely old that our biggest rivals feel the need to take on near enough any player we declare an interest in.  Celtic’s most recent “achievement” it seems is the £300,000 signing of Derby County winger Kris Commons, after it emerged the £15,000-a-week offer from the champions was not good enough for Commons as Celtic offered £20,000 in wages.

Steven Pressley, John Hartson, Paul Hartley, Derek Riordan, Giorgios Samaras, Scott McDonald, Scott Brown, Glenn Loovens, Joe Ledley.  A list off the top of my head of the players that we have shown an interest in purchasing, only for Celtic to come along with more money and capture the player themselves.

Why are they doing this you ask? I honestly don’t know.  Peter Lawwell is behind these tactics I suspect.  Perhaps they are still bitter that we stopped them bringing Mo Johnston back and that he actually pulled on a Royal Blue shirt.

Commons was Smith’s only public target this month, as the rest have been paper and messageboard talk.  The player would have been a decent addition and one that would give us Rangers supporters a bit more optimism that we can handle the amount of fixtures coming our way with victories.

After the embarassing four-hundred grand sale of our top goalscorer Kenny Miller to Turkish champions Bursaspor, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that we desperately need a striker to partner the classy Nikica Jelavic.  The Croatian has shown to the supporters that he will be one of our best players this season but he needs a partner up front who can not only set him up with goals but score a good few himself.

Unless another top team star leaves for a big fee, we would only have the money recieved from Bursaspor and the wages freed up from Miller leaving (thought to be around £20,000-a-week) due to the bank running the club’s finances to a tee.  We really need a striker to partner Jelavic and a defender brought in for cover.

One such forward which I believe Rangers should consider is David Goodwillie. Dundee United rejected a £500,000 offer earlier in the month and apparently value the Scottish international at the £1million mark. Obviously we do not have the extra funds to finance the move, however a bit of shrewd negotiating from our chief exec Martin Bain wouldn’t go a miss.  Andy Webster was on-loan last season at Tannadice and became captain having played nearly every game.  A £400,000 offer attached with Webster going the opposite direction could coax chairman Stephen Thompson into doing a deal.

Of course, there is another huge issue to consider.  Goodwillie is a hot prospect on the pitch but off it he has been accused of raping a woman at a house party in West Lothian on Hogmanay.  The outcome of this has yet been decided and with only four days left, it is extremely unlikely that Rangers would make a move for someone who is involved in such a high-profile criminal investigation.

That leaves Rangers with limited options.  Adam Rooney and Conor Sammon are at the top of the SPL scoring charts but in my opinion lack the ability to become a scoring legend at Rangers.  A quick glance at the Championship and you see that Commons, with 13 goals, is near the top.  Smith has already ruled out a loan move to bring back goal king Kris Boyd from his Middlesbrough hell, as the Gers would not be able to compensate the Scotland forward’s £25,000-a-week wages.

Perhaps this late in the transfer window a better option for us would be to pursue getting a striker on loan.  The Miller wages combined with the £400,000 fee should be used to find a top-quality loan purchase that would excite the red, white and blue half of Glasgow.  Surely a phone call to Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger asking for one of their forward’s on loan for the rest of the seson would do no harm?  The current top-two in England will have plenty of forwards who want match time and Smith can present them with that opportunity on a domestic and European stage.

If Smith fails to bring in any replacement for Miller, Kyle Lafferty will have to step up to the mantel at Ibrox.  This season the Ulsterman has shown more signs that any other season that he has the ability to live up to his £3.75million price tag when he was bought from Burnley.  A hat-trick against Dunfermline Athletic in the League Cup has been his highlight, but he has shown a good touch and the ability to go by players this season which is promising for Rangers.  He has a good amount of pace on him and of course height!  James Beattie hasn’t showed anything to take note of since joining from Stoke City in the summer and a front two of Jelavic and Lafferty seems the best option open to Smith at this time.

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  1. pete

    27 January, 2011 at 21:28

    John Hartson failed a medical at Ibrox so you are wrong about Celtic taking them off under your noses. Hartley dont make me laugh and as for the rest have alook again. You delude yourself. What goes around comes around, remember Murray “if Celttic spend a £5 we will spend a tenner.”
    What happens when the bank tells Rangers to chop a million pound off the wage bil.
    Face reality the bank is calling the shots not Celtic or anyone else,and remember HMRC have to get their £60 million yet

  2. r.gough

    27 January, 2011 at 21:49

    An excellent article. Imagine a proud British club like ours signing an alleged rapist. Unthinkable…..Mr Struth would spin in his grave. At least or tax bill is quite small. Thank goodness for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. We are the people. Simply the best, despite being a toxic brand that Satan himself would not accept as a free gift in Goat-Shaggers monthly. Still, a Royal wedding just around the corner. God Save the Queen.

  3. Kev

    27 January, 2011 at 21:51

    Well said Pete, its typical that a club in as much debt as Rangers are, seem to blame everyone else & not think for a second to look at their own previous mis-dealings in the transfer market that ultimately got them in this mess in the first place.

    Rangers face HMRC investigation over offshore payments to players
    • Scottish champions could face multimillion-pound tax bill
    • Rangers are ‘robustly defending the matters raised’

    I’m not pointing any fingers you understand! 🙂

  4. Alan Clark

    27 January, 2011 at 21:57

    pete – Anymore of that and I’d guess you were a Celtic fan. They still went for Hartson right after us though. And yes it is true with Hartley and the others. The HMRC case, well no-one really knows. I sincerely doubt it will be a £60m bill if RFC did lose the case!!!

    r.gough – Clearly on the wind-up. Do me a favour.

    Kev – When have I said our money situation is Celtic’s fault? I briefly talked about in recent times a lot of our targets being eventually signed by them. Rangers are the only club in Great Britain to face a HMRC investigation.

  5. james mcgrory

    27 January, 2011 at 21:58


  6. Alan Clark

    27 January, 2011 at 21:58

    *Rangers are NOT the only club rather

  7. Kev

    27 January, 2011 at 22:04

    You didn’t mention Vladimir Wiess though..

    Swings & Roundabouts mate..

    Fottball is supposed to be a business (pity no one mentioned it in Govan)

  8. Alan Clark

    27 January, 2011 at 22:07

    Kev, yes we got Weiss but I do not recall Celtic pursuing the player at all before that? It seemed we were both linked at the same time from what I remember. Yes it does, so I can look forward to Celtic fans being frustrated at a number of targets coming to Ibrox then aye?

  9. Kev

    27 January, 2011 at 22:19

    Nope! 🙂

    Because we haven’t paid players huge lump sums from off shore accounts, paid totally over the odds for players who are pish! (Flo)

    & currently we are not owned by a shady bank who seem hell bent on you’s going into administration.

    I’m not overly fussed you understand, but I’ll will completely piss myself laughing if Rangers do go under.

    I wont bother you with my reasons for this.. Because I think you already know.

    Keep the faith Alan! 🙂

  10. Alan Clark

    27 January, 2011 at 22:22

    Well thats amazing but next time you comment on my articles, bear in mind I am not posting them for debate it is to develop my football writing skills. If you have nothing positive to say don’t comment.

  11. r.gough

    27 January, 2011 at 22:33

    Alan Clark (author). It wasn’t a wind up mate. WATP. Seriously. Walter will see us through in the good old British tradition. Things may look dark but remember the Dunkirk spirit. We are a BRITISH institution and will never be allowed to sink in our own bile. Remember Dunkirk, Remember Barcelona ’72, Remember Manchester, Remember the Boyne and Remember WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER.

  12. Alan Clark

    27 January, 2011 at 22:51

    “Thank goodness for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. We are the people. Simply the best, despite being a toxic brand that Satan himself would not accept as a free gift in Goat-Shaggers monthly. Still, a Royal wedding just around the corner.”

    Don’t quite get you there mate.


    27 January, 2011 at 22:57

    Funny how the tarriers commenting on here about the players that ended up at Parkhead rather than Ibrox for more money,last season and this one I give you Scott Brown signed for £4.4m,wages £25k/week they wanted rid of him,check back on their web sites for proof,Hartson was near in tears when Rangers knocked him back,so Celtic never stole him for more money,Hartley never really wanted to go to Rangers,McDonald would have went to Rangers for £700k but Motherwell had sold Foran just before,so the deal fell through,just a wee mention about Flo,imo a waste of money £12m,but sold to Sunderland for £6.8m,a loss of £5.2m,the same amount that Celtic lost on the flop Scheidt,as for Commons I could’nt care less where he went,just to finish the one that sticks in the tarriers throats the most….. Mo Jo their faces that day lmao,no matter whoever they gazump us on they’ll never forget Maurice Johnson !!!

  14. John Mcfadzean

    27 January, 2011 at 23:05

    Forget all the debates and ignore the numerous Celtic fans enjoying the moment. I’ve read article after article from “true blue” Rangers fans, and not one has come up with a suggestion. We took over 100,000 fans to Manchester, with people flying in from all corners of the globe. So let’s show the world what fans can really do – a £200 contribution from everyone that went to Manchester would wipe out the debt and provide some funds for players. Let’s not just sit around and expect others to rescue the club, let’s do something about it.

  15. trueblue

    27 January, 2011 at 23:20

    love the quotes from the erm celtic minded about us blaming everyone else sort of reeks of pot calling the kettle black does it not when theve blamed every ref if the country for being out to get them

  16. trueblue

    27 January, 2011 at 23:24

    no kev you buy players who are (shite ) remember him and ive got a wee funny feeling its going to hit breezeblockboulevard soon and u dont seem to understand the administration thing thing do u we can then get bought and please please try remember u lot were only hours from going under when you were bought by clarence the cross eyed lion sweep sweep as usual ,and ok you buying players for what exactly .. to try beat us lol fail muppet

  17. Alan

    27 January, 2011 at 23:26

    If you have seen Sky News recently, comments are being made NOT to mention a players name until a deal is done. Agents, the press and Walter are selling papers, players and the fan sympathy vote against the banks. Come on get a life it’s not Celtic to blame hear.

  18. trueblue

    27 January, 2011 at 23:28

    and pete thats an allerged 60 million just love u lot u all seem to know everything that happens at rangers??? yet close you eyes to thing that happen at your piggery

  19. Alan Clark

    27 January, 2011 at 23:46

    Disappointed the comments have honed in on the Celtic part – the article is more to do with who if anyone will we sign as a Miller replacement!


    27 January, 2011 at 23:53

    Alan,I have followed the Rangers home and abroad for over 40 years mate,and the one thing that remains the same the farcical verbal merde that the tarriers spout,they’ll lie,deny,deflect anything that goes against their club no matter what,even though they have been proved wrong,so expect their usual urine on here trying to stir it up,but don’t bite,look forward to viewing your site from now on as you seem to be more lenient on most Bears views than some others,cheers


    28 January, 2011 at 00:05

    OK mate,signings wise,I would’nt mind the guy Emerenko,that Killie have on loan,he could give us that wee bit extra to feed big Jelavic,if the big man got more support he’d do some damage,with limited funds I think we could afford to get him say £500/600k and £8k/10k/week wages.

  22. Alan Clark

    28 January, 2011 at 00:42

    Aye, agree there mate. And Eremenko would be a good signing but I think we need an out-an-out striker so that Jela and him can bang the goals in together like Boyd-Miller and Miller-Jelavic did.

  23. Scott B.

    28 January, 2011 at 02:18

    Alan,if this is to be a non-critical thread then that’s fine,but if you’re brushing up on your football writing skills-i’ll advise this.
    To get true respect as a journalist you ought to seek the unfailing truth in any matter you report on- in the Scottish footballing scene that will take a lot of courage,(using this year as an example).

    Every journo and their goldfish knows there has been a MASSIVE story about Rangers finances for the past 2 years-and every one bar a few brave souls has’nt dared to touch it!! This is a country of complete journalistic pygmies who see no further than the ‘dictat’,they are to follow. The sociopolitical and religious demographic of the majority demands that they are seen to save face,it has rendered journalists without professional scruples-and to what end?
    In order that these red-top journos and radio pundits could protect Rangers pride, keep the fans from their TRUE financial woes- they have had to LIE to them. They will not be thanked!
    Yes,plenty of Rangers fans with half a brain knew it was happening-but the lesser lights are only now realising that all the pride and arrogance is now seeing them being put through the indignity of a ‘death of a thousand cuts’ right in front of those who will revel in it!
    If they’d come out with this a year or 18 months ago it would have settled down and fans might have had the chance to do something before the HMRC penalty-and IT IS A MINIMUM of £36M (before penalties),on top of the bank debt of over £20M.
    Rangers could now go into a generation of decline- and just about every journalist in this country was complicit in it-unless we are to be believe that pressmen don’t have inquisition in their nature any more.They all knew and were told to clam up about it!!
    Not one of them can EVER be believed -ever again! Because they were hiding a story that was going to come out anyway! Not one with any true balls!
    Just think,the way this has panned out-the Celtic fans are the only ones who can say-WE KNEW and YOU DID’NT! it is the biggest slap in the face to the fans of Glasgow Rangers EVER,and perpetrated by ‘their own kind’ upon them.
    I also think of the value that could have been had by any journalist who decided to simply tell the truth- he could have reaped the rewards of respect and integrity among ALL the people of Scotland,(in the fruition of time)- Sadly the closest we have to that is Phil McGillivan and Paul Brennan-so no other journalist can say that reliable sources were’nt there-if ‘the enemy’ could get the scoop-it always existed for those who would seek it.
    If you are just starting out-be true to your profession and not cowed by misplaced sectarian pride – if the objectivity dies,so does your talent and your name.

  24. Kev

    28 January, 2011 at 02:33

    RE – Well thats amazing but next time you comment on my articles, bear in mind I am not posting them for debate it is to develop my football writing skills. If you have nothing positive to say don’t comment

    I’m sorry if you feel your piece of journalistic brilliance did not warrant a debate Alan but it popped up on the NewsnowCeltic website & given the contents and basic point you were trying to convey, Add to that the current state of your team, It was always going to provoke a response.

    Best of luck on your journalism career, I reckon the Daily Record will scoop you up before long!

  25. Alan Clark

    28 January, 2011 at 02:42

    Think you are best crawling away back to a Scum forum. Off ye go. No one wants you here.

  26. Alan Clark

    28 January, 2011 at 03:32

    Scott, I understand some of what you are saying but it sounds a bit melo-dramatic to me. And also, where is this sectarian pride? I have no idea what to you are talking about there.

  27. Kev

    28 January, 2011 at 03:37

    Alan? Alan? You still there?

    you better not be stealing notes from Scott B 🙂

  28. Kev

    28 January, 2011 at 03:46

    Knowledge is power & power is having people having a belief in what you say.

    Sadly you are lacking in both…


    Until your next blog… (Tell Chick Young I said He’s a FANNY)

  29. Alan Clark

    28 January, 2011 at 04:04

    Seriously Kev, you must live a very uneventful life if this is what gives you your kicks. I am not affected by anything you have to say so it isn’t working. Bye bye.

  30. notarearender

    28 January, 2011 at 05:39


    no one gives a toss about the financial bullshit you spout.
    rangers have existed as the dominant force in scotland along with their five star world record. we are currently champions of scotland and will win our games in hand and will gub celtic to win the league once again.
    why will this occur? because lennon, as every celtic site prior to the neerday game attests to, is absolute shite as a manager. walter smith will win this league with his current squad because he has more tactical ability than lennon. and one game does not a manger make.
    lennon is on borrowed time,he is an absolutely useless disgrace as a manager to the game, his head was on the block and it was the celtic punters holding the axe, and will be again, be assured.

    i will be sorry to see lennon go..i will miss the taunting and the boos…not from rangers supporters…no, the sweetness is hearing it from the his own faithful in green and white!

  31. Big Mike

    28 January, 2011 at 07:26

    Have to say the ranjurz neanderthals are out in force today. All sounds very desperate. To the original poster keep up the good work.

  32. jebus

    28 January, 2011 at 11:17

    get the 100,000 fans that went to manchester to put in £20? am i not mistaken but where we not told by rangers and the media that there were a lot of chelsea fans in that??? bad chaps that they were!! hahaha come on her majestys best!! 100 years of unsurpassed dignity!!


    28 January, 2011 at 13:52

    Well Alan looks like you’re up against it mate,I told you they’d be on here spouting their kind of sectarian urine,well I mean anybody that holds the Provo/IRA loving bastards like McGillivan and Brennan in high esteem,then you’re dealing with low lifes of the Green Brigade mentallity,you should know that any journalist who says anything against them is anti Catholic,bigotted or sectarian,you stick to your guns mate,chase them if you want but never give in,gie them laldy, remember…No Surrender

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