Media portrayal of Rangers' Walker pursuit no surprise

Rangers yesterday submitted an improved offer for Jamie Walker of Hearts, who were quick to brief that the bid had been ‘immediately rejected’.

One aspect that was noticeable from the reports was the mention of Hearts being unhappy with the structure of payment set out in the offer, as well as the offer being below their valuation of the player. This was a somewhat curious remark. Surely if the overall offer was deemed to be unacceptable then the structure of said offer is an irrelevance?

There is a common theme developing - none more so than when it comes to bidding for SPFL-based players – where the structure of any potential payments made by Rangers is a topic open for discussion in the media. In each instance that the club has paid a transfer fee since 2012, the structure of payments for each player has been reported – the inference being that the club is ‘skint’ so it cannot afford to pay a fee upfront.

Despite what some may subtly imply, the payment of a transfer fee in instalments is not a phenomenon based exclusively in Edmiston Drive. The vast majority of transfer fees worldwide are paid via instalments yet when Rangers follow the norm it is invited to be scrutinised by a public with a voracious appetite for ‘Rangers crisis’ headlines – aided and abetted by briefings from officials at fellow SPFL clubs.

Rangers’ bid for Walker remains in limbo with the clubs disagreeing on his valuation. The player is eager to join Rangers this summer and the club remain hopeful that a deal can be concluded. Failing that, Walker can sign a pre-contract with Rangers from December 1st for season 2018/19.

Similarly, the protracted bid for Graham Dorrans has reached an impasse, with negotiations complicated by Norwich inviting other clubs to bid for the player. Dorrans, though, has informed Norwich that he wishes to join Rangers.

With five signings confirmed and another three to follow in the coming days, the work carried out by Pedro Caixinha and the Rangers executive has been impressively swift considering it is only mid-June.

Seven of the eight transfers were from clubs overseas, with the other being an out-of-contract player from a fellow SPFL club – all completed with a minimum degree of fuss and no mention of payment structures. Coincidence?