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Rangers: Jonny McFarlane believes club made huge mistake not signing midfielder

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Rangers Review writer Jonny McFarlane has criticised how the Ibrox club allocated their transfer budget in the summer.

The Gers spent around £12.5m on four new additions in the most recent transfer window, with Ben Davies, Rabbi Matondo, Antonio Colak and Ridvan Yilmaz all arriving.

Tom Lawrence and John Souttar also came in on free transfers, while Malik Tillman signed on a season-long loan.

And citing the deal to bring Yilmaz to the club, which could potentially rise to £5m with add-ons, McFarlane has now questioned whether that was a smart investment, with the club failing to recruit a natural centre-midfielder. 

Speaking on the Rangers Review YouTube channel, he said: “Of the seven that came in, I think four have them now have really shown that there’s something there.

“Rabbi Matondo’s frustrating. There’s a big question about how the money Rangers had has been spent – I don’t think there’s any doubt about that; that’s a valid thing to discuss.

“Yilmaz may be a good player, he may add a lot to the team, but was it wise to spend all that money on Yilmaz when you have such a glaring deficiency in terms of energy and pace and power in that midfield driving forward?”

TIF Thoughts on McFarlane’s comments…

Do Rangers need to sign a midfielder in January?

Yes

Yes

No, focus elsewhere

No, focus elsewhere

With Steven Davis now 37, Scott Arfield 34, and Glen Kamara a shadow of his former self, it is clear the Light Blues need to refresh their engine room.

Kamara has only started two Scottish Premiership games for the club this season and has clearly fallen out of favour under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

He was the subject of heavy interest in the summer and we feel the club should cash in while they can, with the Finland dynamo still having two and a half seasons left on his contract.

Nice were reportedly close to agreeing a £10m move for the 27-year-old, and that would go a long way to correcting the Bears’ ‘glaring’ issue in the side.

The danger, of course, is that the damage has been done, and if the squad are incapable of replicating the success they have had in recent seasons, the board will have missed a golden opportunity to take the club forward in the long term.

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