Rangers - Transfers Review 18/19

So this has been quite the summer for us Rangers fans, Stevie f**ing G by the way.

In this article Steven Harrigan gives you the low-down on what to expect on the summer arrivals so far...

 

PLAYER - Connor Goldson 

FROM - Brighton & Hove Albion 

FEE - 3.4 m

POSITION - CB

EXPECTATIONS -  HIGH

Goldson Heart and Hand

A strong powerful centre half who posses a turn of pace, I expect the big man to stroll it up here, personally I don't expect to many forwards to cause him problems. He has a quick reading of the game and already has shown just how important a figure he will be for us in the season ahead. 

Goldson didn't play a great deal last term for Brighton, but anyone who remembers last season's first match of day will know just how highly rated he is. 
In the games that have taken place so far we have seen an impressive array of defensive blocks, won aerial duels won, and passes completed in order to back up the good old-fashioned eye test. The boy looks a player make no bones about it, holding on to him could be an issue we face greater down the line. 

PLAYER - Scott Arfield 

FROM - Burnley

FEE - Free

POSITION - CM/LM

EXPECTATIONS - HIGH

Arfield Heart and Hand

Scott is no stranger to Scottish football fans despite his Canadian International caps. He was born and bred here and is diehard bluenose. 

What you can expect from Arfield is that he allows us to perform a high pressing game - something we have sadly lacked - playing more in the opponents third than our own. He might not be the biggest in terms of fee or profile, but just could well be the most important. 

Burnley fans have been quick to impress just how quietly he goes about his business in a an un-flamboyant fashion, this is what we have sadly lacked, the workmen of the squad who will carry out the managers tasks, to the smallest detail, the capture of Arfield could prove to be amongst the best and important bit of business this summer, after all the best things in life are free. 

Has played at a high level, with level coaching that matters. Gerrard will trust Arfield. 

PLAYER -  Allan McGregor 

FROM - Hull City

FEE -  Free

POSITION - GK

EXPECTATIONS -  HIGH

McGregor Heart and Hand

We know what we have here, Shagger is a born winner who will not allow, or stand for any rival players attempting to tie scarfs around our goals. 

Bringing McGregor back was as much for what he brings off the field as to on it. We needed upgrading in that department, Wes was not the problem, nor was he the answer we are here to win league's and shagger gives us more a chance of landing silverware. It's that simple. 

McGregor has all the presence you expect from a player of his stature, his shot stopping and ability to command the area is an instant upgrade to what we have witnessed in previous campaigns. His centre halves will know if they are at fault, and even if they are not they will know about it. 

He might not have the armband, but will serve as a leader in changing room and on off the park. 

PLAYER -  Nikola Katic

FROM - Slaven Belupo

FEE -  2.3 m

POSITION - CB

EXPECTATIONS -  MEDIUM 

Katic Heart and Hand

I'll get this off my chest I have reservations about Katic as a player, based on the whole of one training ground video. I put Scot to shame. 

Arriving with one International cap to his name 

I base this on the fact I seen I'm dominated continually in training by Goldson, now I do think he will be just fine against the lesser sides in Scotland, that in itself it an improvement on what we have had. At 6'4 he gives us a presence we have lacked. 

My big concern is on the bigger stage I think we might just find him lapsing, as always I want to be wrong, and welcome the slagging that will dully come my way. 
Prove me wrong big man. Go on. 

PLAYER -  Jon Flanagan 

FROM - Liverpool

FEE -  Free

POSITION - LB/RB/CB

EXPECTATIONS - LOW

Flanagan Heart and Hand

Flanagan arrives with baggage and a pedigree, something we can't turn our nose up at either way. 

What he does bring is the managers trust, having previously played alongside him at Liverpool, he both footed and can play anywhere along the back line, something that is vital in the changing of area's and situations. 

Flanagan can play any role along the defensive line, meaning suspensions and injuries will come into play, his versatility will be vital this season and I expect to see him deployed in a varying array of positions, very much a horses for courses type of player. 

He is low risk in terms of cost so if it does not work out, no big loss. I think he will grow as the games progress. 

PLAYER -  Ovie Ejaria

FROM - Liverpool

FEE - Loan 

POSITION - LM/AM/RM

EXPECTATIONS - LOW/MEDIUM 

Ejaria Heart and Hand

Ejaria is a player who will play mainly the advanced playmaker role, or can also be deployed in the wide areas of the park if a formation change is needed. 

My relativity low expectation levels are largely centred around the fact I do not know or have seen a great deal of the player, with his appearances for Liverpool fleeting to say the least. 

On first glance he looks decent enough on the ball, but slackness has crept in on occasion, possibly due to a lack of first team games and exposure. 

Early signs show patience will be needed as he looks well short of the match fitness that will be necessary, but if we can get him to reach both a level of consistency and fitness level, we might just have a talent on our hands. 

With youthfulness often comes inconsistent and frustrating performances and I expect much the same here. One week he might look like the next big thing, the following he will likely cause a great deal of frustration. That I'm afraid is just where we are at in terms of recruitment at present, the days of only buying the finished article have long gone.  

PLAYER -  Ryan Kent

FROM - Liverpool 

FEE -  Loan

POSITION - AML/AMC/AMR

EXPECTATIONS - MEDIUM

Kent Heart and Hand 

Kent is predominantly left-footed but is able to play in either the right or central positions if called upon, like other players singed versatility is key here

Reviews from supporters at his previous loan stops have been mixed, Barnsley fans rave about his explosiveness and ability to get the by line, creating chances for the front men, while stops at Frieburg and Bristol City have been less than glowing. 

Again for me this like so many of the players is wait and see, my hope and expectations are that previous stops will have served as a good solid footing, but as we all know too well it's results that count at Rangers. 

I expect Kent to play a large number of games as the season unfolds, I have in in much the same mould as the other loan signings in that I believe we will see plenty of inconsistencies and some showings of sheer brilliance in equal measure.  

PLAYER -  Umar Sadiq

FROM - A.S Roma 

FEE -  Loan

POSITION - STC

EXPECTATIONS - MEDIUM

Sadiq Heart and Hand

Three words sum up my initial feelings on Sadiq. Fast, powerful and raw. 

He has been singed on loan to provide some much-needed competition and squad depth in the striking department, an area where we were and still are in my eyes just short of genuine match winning quality. 

He is another player I don't pretend to know a great deal about. His stats so far in his short career do not suggest an out-and-out goalscorer, two goals in sixteen appearances in Serie A and five in twelve whilst on loan to Breda in the Eredivisie are not terrible by any means, especially for such a young player, it just means we are a touch unsure of what we are getting that's all. 

If anything his arrival has sparked Morelos into life and can't see him being the last of the arrivals up top this transfer window, what it does provide us with is options and the ability to change our style now, in the season a past we have been a very one dimensional football team who's only plan b was to execute plan a better. That will change. 

PLAYER -  Lass Coulibaly 

FROM - SCO Angers

FEE -  Loan

POSITION - DMC

EXPECTATIONS - HIGH

Coulibaly Heart and Hand

I have saved the best for last, and no it has nothing to do with the fact we are sponsoring him this season (ok, just a little), but in all honesty this is the type of player we have been crying out for. 

What he brings is not only a physical presence that we have been found to have been missing, the bigger the game but will operate as a shield and protector to the back four or three. No longer leaving some needlessly exposed in the transition phases of the game. 

Strong and fearless in the tackle with an eye for a pass and stopping play from developing, his energy will be vital in ensuring just how far we go in the coming season. 

I have been hugely impressed so far, with a few more game and match fitness under his belt we might just have the jewel in the crown here. 

Did I mention he was sponsored by us?

Please let me know your views and thoughts, I am always happy to debate away. 

Steven Harrigan (@Steven Harrigan)

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