The transfer window passed this week at Ibrox without much fanfare or excitement, with no players coming in the door on deadline day.
Early Summer arrivals came in the form of Nnamdi Ofoborh (although currently unavailable), Fashion Sakala and John Lundstram – all of that business was taken care of before the last campaign had finished.
Coming in, somewhat under the radar was the arrival of Juninho Bacuna – a mercurial talent and something of an unknown quantity at the top level. The word from Huddersfield is that he is supremely talented but can be frustrating.
An acquistion that cannot be overlooked is the January signing of Scott Wright, the Aberdonian has hit the ground running and thanks to his progress, he is now a fully fledged and dangerous asset for the first team.
The same bedding in period has been productive for Jack Simpson, but it is fair to say that the man signed from Bournemouth is still to prove his credentials if he is to be more than back up at Ibrox.
With the Summer transfer window closed, here is how the squad looks for the next few months, at least.
Graphic courtesy of Josh Barrie at the Rangers Review.
Strength in depth across the pitch ✅
Retained key assets ✅
Added cover in key areas ✅
Pretty good window all things considered. pic.twitter.com/XdDYKybAGp
— Joshua Barrie (@Barrie1Josh) September 1, 2021
27 bodies with one more, if Brandon Barker is included in the first team squad – the Englishman was thought to be going out on loan at least, but no confirmation on his situation has materialised yet.
Looking at the graphic above, Rangers have options all over the pitch and proven quality.
It is all about form!
Squad consistency and consolidation is the key.
That is one benefit Gerrard’s men have on their rivals across the city. With up to a dozen new faces at Parkhead, a settling in period is to be expected, with big questions remaining in defence.
Rangers financial situation is well documented, but holding on to the big assets like Morelos, Kamara and Barisic cant be underestimated in the quest to retain the title.
It is the single biggest priority for the Gers tis season – of that there is no doubt.
The alternative is bleak but the champions have what it takes to get the job done and then some.