TIME will tell just how magnificent, or otherwise, the seven signings that Rangers have made this summer turn out to be. The proof, as always, will come in the shape of silverware this term.

On the face of it, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a squad with greater depth overall than the one that he inherited and guided to the Europa League final and a Scottish Cup medal last season. This is a group that is now his in terms of personnel and philosophy.

The start to the window was quiet and some were concerned. A flurry of activity has reshaped Rangers and altered opinions, however, and Van Bronckhorst’s side are now ready for the challenges that await at home and abroad in the coming months.

The Ibrox boss has declared his business all-but done. Here, Herald and Times Sport assesses the moves that have been completed and what could still unfold before the window closes.


The new one-year contract that Allan McGregor signed has sparked plenty of debate amongst supporters and it remains to be seen whether the Ibrox legend retains the gloves this term. That would be unexpected and will be harsh on Jon McLaughlin.

Given the way in which Rangers will look to play and build from the back, it seems certain that McLaughlin will earn the number one jersey at the third time of asking. If he does, McGregor is a terrific option to have as backup and he is still more than capable of contributing at key moments over the course of a campaign.

Their respective roles will see the end of Robby McCrorie’s Ibrox career. It is time for the 24-year-old to move on and play regularly and he is not short of suitors on both sides of the border as he aims to showcase his talent rather than sit on the bench.

When McCrorie does depart, it would be no surprise to see Van Bronckhorst go into the market once again. He will, after all, not want to leave himself short in case of emergencies between the sticks and Andy Firth has already been released this summer.


The arrivals of Ben Davies and Ridvan Yilmaz have offset the loss of Calvin Bassey to Ajax and leave Rangers in a positive cash position after a record-breaking sale for the man who was a stand out in Seville.

A £4million signing from Liverpool, Davies represents a significant outlay but he, like former Hearts star John Souttar, clearly fits the Van Bronckhorst mould of a centre-half who is comfortable in possession and able to break out from the defensive line.

The profile of Yilmaz an exciting one for Rangers and the £5million package agreed with Besiktas could prove to be a bargain bit of business if the left-back can progress as expected. That berth will be his ahead of Borna Barisic.

The Croatian will fight for his place but countryman Niko Katic is heading for the exit door. He will be joined by Jack Simpson, while Rangers are unlikely to stand in the way of Filip Helander as his injury record proves too problematic to overlook.

Leon Balogun was released to allow highly-rated Leon King to move up a spot and youngsters Mateusz Zukowski and Adam Devine will also fill squad berths.

The most significant deal done is, of course, the one that kept Connor Goldson at Ibrox and his four-year extension was huge for Rangers. His influence, both on and off the park, simply cannot be understated or taken for granted.


The contracts handed to Steven Davis and Scott Arfield were as much to do with what they bring in the dressing room as in the middle of the park. Both will still have a part to play, but their game time will be harder to come by.

In John Lundstram, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara, boss Van Bronckhorst has tried and trusted operators and youngster Charlie McCann is developing into a fine option in his own right.

Stephen Kelly and Glenn Middleton have, though, reached the end of the road at Ibrox and Nnamdi Ofoborh looks like he will never get going as he continues to recover from a heart issue.

James Sands provides the final defensive option, while Tom Lawrence and Malik Tillman, signed on loan from Bayern Munich, have been recruited to add goals and creativity to an area of the side that came up short last term, despite the best efforts of Joe Aribo before his move to Southampton.

Ianis Hagi may not be seen until after Christmas and Alex Lowry now has a fight on his hands to get the match minutes that he would have hoped for and expected when he committed himself to Rangers a couple of months ago.

Van Bronckhorst is well catered for with numbers and options in midfield and does not need to move again unless he receives an offer – with Kamara the most likely target – that he feels he cannot turn down this summer.


As per usual, it all centres around Alfredo Morelos. If the Colombian, as expected, puts pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal then Van Bronckhorst will once again build his forward line around his talisman striker.

The Dutchman needs more goals from wider areas this season. Ryan Kent must chip in regularly, while Rabbi Matondo already looks like an upgrade on Scott Wright on the other flank following his move from Schalke 04.

The first deal of the window was a prolonged one but Rangers got their man as Antonio Colak moved from PAOK and he is a typical Van Bronckhorst style centre-forward given his physical stature and ability to lead the line. He will, of course, be judged on goals first and foremost as he attempts to ease the burden on Morelos.

That was something that Kemar Roofe could only do fleetingly last season and his list of injuries means he cannot be relied upon over the course of a campaign. With that in mind, he is another who Rangers would surely be willing to listen to offers for.

That could see Van Bronckhorst dip into the market once again and he has already spoken about the need to avoid being left short of bodies in the manner that he was towards the end of last term. If Roofe goes, expect a replacement to follow sooner rather than later.