Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has made it quite clear to chairman Dave King he expects financial backing in the upcoming transfer window, as reported by The Daily Record.
Everyone knows this is a crucial summer for the club having missed out on all available major honours again this season.
With Celtic going for a ninth title in a row, they must be stopped, or at least Gerrard must inspire his side to put up a real title challenge that isn’t over by March.
The Ibrox boss knows though that to do that he needs to improve the quality of his first-team and that will only come one way, by spending money.
He’s now publicly called for that investment, asking for the club to deliver on affordable talent.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Gerrard said:
It’s quite clear. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that the staff and I need a level of backing to add some quality to what we’ve already got.
We haven’t got magic wands to all of a sudden change Rangers into a dominant force overnight. The word ‘tangible’ is up for everyone to debate or have an opinion on.
I obviously welcome the words the chairman has said in terms of him seeing a lot of progress being made.
What everyone would like to know is what level of backing there will be but I don’t think that’s for the public domain.
People talk about big changes in the summer but we didn’t spend tons and tons. The reality is Celtic bought one player that was more expensive than all the changes we made.
We’re not in the same markets as the Premier League clubs but there is still quality in other leagues that is affordable.
The manager is working hard with Director of Football Mark Allen to ensure the best quality of player possible arrives in Glasgow this summer but it won’t be easy, especially if Celtic secure the riches of the UEFA Champions League group stages again.
Still, we must persevere and Gerrard is obviously expecting the financial assistance required to land players that add the needed quality to his starting eleven and excite supporters ahead of next season.
Will Dave King and the club answer his call? Can they?
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