Rangers FC Summer Transfer Window 2024

Rangers FC Summer Transfer Window 2024 Analysis: Strategies, Needs, Areas for Improvement and Financial Capabilities

Performance and Areas for Improvement

In the 2023/24 season, Rangers FC experienced a mix of highs and lows. They finished 2nd in the Scottish Premiership falling short of reclaiming the league title from their rivals Celtic. In domestic cup competitions, The Gers reached the Scottish Cup final but ended as runners-up. They eventually found success in the League Cup by securing the trophy.

In European competitions, Rangers were eliminated in the play-off round of the Champions League subsequently competing in the Europa League where they progressed to the Round of 16. James Tavernier was a standout performer finishing as the top goalscorer for Rangers with 17 league goals and 24 goals in all competitions.

The main issues for Rangers this season have been a lack of cohesion in the team, particularly between the midfield and attack, and a decline in their attacking efficiency. Beale’s tactical changes such as moving Todd Cantwell from his favoured no.10 role to the right side of midfield, negatively impacted performances.

Transfer Strategy

Rangers’ transfer strategy for the summer of 2024 focuses on strengthening the squad with key acquisitions and addressing the areas that underperformed last season. The club aims to balance immediate improvements with long-term development by bringing in a mix of experienced players and young talent.

Short-Term Goals:

  • Immediate Performance Boost: Rangers need players who can deliver results right away to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title and make a strong showing in the Europa League.
  • Tactical Flexibility: New signings should fit into multiple tactical setups to allow Philippe Clement flexibility in formations and strategies.

Long-Term Goals:

  • Youth Development: Investing in young talents who can develop at Rangers and potentially be sold at a profit.
  • Squad Depth: Ensuring there is adequate depth in all positions to avoid over-reliance on key players and to sustain performance across multiple competitions.

Squad Needs and Areas for Improvement

Liam Kelly
Liam Kelly is back strengthening the goalkeeping department (Credits: Getty)

Defense

Rangers’ defense has been relatively strong, but there is always room for improvement. New signing Jefté from Fluminense brings versatility and youth to the backline. Additionally, the return of goalkeeper Liam Kelly from Motherwell on a free transfer strengthens the goalkeeping department. However, the team needs more robust central defenders to provide competition and cover for existing players like James Tavernier and Rıdvan.

Midfield

The midfield has been a point of concern, particularly with the departure of Glen Kamara, who was a crucial player. New arrivals like Mohamed Diomandé from Nordsjælland and Connor Barron from Aberdeen are expected to add creativity and stability. Diomandé, a €5 million signing, is seen as a key player who can help link up play and support both defense and attack.

Attack

Rangers’ attack has been underperforming, necessitating reinforcements. The addition of Hamza Igamane from FAR Rabat for €1.5 million aims to bolster the forward line. The on-loan Brighton forward Abdallah Sima and the talented winger Óscar Cortés from Lens also present promising attacking options. However, integrating these players effectively will be crucial.

Bench Depth

Depth has been a consistent issue for Rangers. The new signings, including free transfers like Clinton Nsiala from Milan, are expected to provide much-needed squad depth. This will help the team cope with injuries and suspensions over a long season.

Signings Completed

Mohamed Diomandé
Mohamed Diomandé has replaced outgoing player Glen Kamara (Credits: Getty)

Mohamed Diomandé (Central Midfielder)

  • From: Nordsjælland 
  • To: Rangers
  • Date: 01-07-2024
  • Price: €5M

Hamza Igamane (Forward)

  • From: FAR Rabat
  • To: Rangers
  • Date: 01-07-2024
  • Price: €3M

Jefté (Left-Back)

  • From: Fluminense
  • To: Rangers
  • Date: 01-07-2024
  • Price: €0.8M

Connor Barron (Central Midfielder)

  • From: Aberdeen
  • To: Rangers
  • Date: 01-07-2024
  • Price: Free

Liam Kelly (Goalkeeper)

  • From: Motherwell
  • To: Rangers
  • Date: 15-07-2024
  • Price: Free

Clinton Nsiala (Center-Back)

  • From: Milan
  • To: Rangers
  • Date: 01-07-2024
  • Price: Free

Potential Signings

Abdallah Sima
Acquiring Abdallah Sima from Brighton is going to be a tricky maneuver (Credits: Getty)

With the Scottish transfer window now open, Rangers FC is actively seeking to bolster their squad for the upcoming 2024/25 season. Following the signings of Brazilian full-back Jefté and goalkeeper Liam Kelly, the club continues to pursue additional targets.

Abdallah Sima

Abdallah Sima, currently on loan from Brighton, has become a crucial player for Rangers under manager Philippe Clement. Despite being sidelined by injuries, the 22-year-old forward scored 15 goals before the winter break, including a vital goal in a 3-3 draw with Celtic. His agent has expressed Sima’s interest in continuing his career at Ibrox, but Brighton, known for their shrewd transfer dealings, might not part with him cheaply. Sima’s potential permanent move remains a key storyline to watch.

Óscar Cortés

Óscar Cortés made an impressive start at Ibrox in January after joining on loan from Lens but suffered a season-ending injury in February. The 20-year-old Colombian winger is considered a top prospect but struggled for playing time in Ligue 1 before his move. It has been confirmed that Cortés signed a one-year loan deal with an obligation to buy in the summer of 2025. He is expected to sign a four-year contract with Rangers, committing his future to the club until 2029.

Financial Capabilities

So far, Rangers have spent a total of €7.3 million on player acquisitions excluding the free transfers which while incurring wages and signing-on fees do not add to the transfer fee expenditure.

With the club’s reported financial health and the expected revenue streams from merchandise, ticket sales, and broadcasting rights, The Light Blues are positioned to make additional signings if necessary. The financial management under the current board has been cautious yet ambitious aiming to ensure long-term stability while investing in immediate team improvements.

Considering the financial outlay so far, Rangers have retained a reserve for strategic signings. Although the exact budget remains undisclosed, it is speculated that the club has additional funds, possibly in the range of €15-20 million, available for further transfers. This estimate takes into account the need for a balanced approach to avoid financial strain and adhere to financial fair play regulations.

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