There is clearly a big recruitment drive underway this summer as Pedro Caixinha shapes his own team and squad to challenge next year. He’s being backed by the Rangers board and Chairman, Dave King and there is money available for wages and fees.
This has predictably led to the Scottish press linking us with every former player who can still walk and rehashing some old favourites, so we thought a quick roundup of where we are on the transfer front would be helpful for fans.
Steven Naismith: Never of any interest at all to the new manager although clearly his agent, a few press pals and former teammates have tried very hard to get him the move. An improvement in terms of quality from last year but would have come with question marks around injuries and bad memories of the worst press conference a Rangers player could have taken part in following administration in 2012. File under wishful thinking from the player and his agent.
Vladimir Weiss: Another one that has been doing the rounds although mainly on social media. He certainly hasn’t done anything to discourage Rangers fans from thinking it might be happening. It’s not and there has never been any interest from Rangers.
Steven Whittaker: Eh……no. Are you mad?
Allan McGregor: Stop it.
Carlos Pena: The Mexican midfielder completed his medical last week and has flown back to Mexico. He will join subject to a work permit for a fee in the region of £2.5m. For the benefit of some online experts, we’d like to stress that Mexico is not in South America...
Fabio Cardoso: The Portuguese centre-half will sign from Vitoria Setubal – subject to a medical and for a fee in the region of £1.5m.
Eduardo Herrera: The Mexican striker is in Glasgow and will join subject to a medical and work permit for a fee in the region of £800k. He’s also not South American because, well, Mexico.
Kevin McDonald: We were linked with the Fulham holding midfielder last year and the link was resurrected in the Scottish press over the weekend. It’s nonsense and there is absolutely no interest from Rangers. Most likely an agent at work.
Graham Dorrans: There is definite interest from Rangers and talks are ongoing over an £800k transfer from Norwich. It remains to be seen if the fee can be agreed but the player is a Rangers supporter and would certainly like to come. There are other alternatives if this one doesn’t get over the line.
Daniel Candeias: Another one where talks are ongoing over a fee for the Benfica winger. Something in the region of £600k is likely to secure his services.
We’ll be keeping you updated through the summer with comings and goings from the squad. Pedro Caixinha will be delighted to have done a lot of early work on transfers as the squad returns to pre-season training but it’s expected there will now be a number of departures as he clears out players from last year. We also expect another two-to-three signings on top of those mentioned above.