Mr Keane and Celtic … We Welcome The Chase!

“To be a Ranger is to sense the sacred trust of upholding all that such a name means in this shrine of football. They must be true in their conception of what the Ibrox tradition seeks from them. No true Ranger has ever failed in the tradition set him.

Our very success, gained you will agree by skill, will draw more people than ever to see it. And that will benefit many more clubs than Rangers. Let the others come after us. We welcome the chase”. Mr Bill Struth, Rangers Manager

Mr William Struth, The Greatest Ever Rangers Manager

If a statement could sum up my gut reaction after the over-reaction of Celtic signing Robbie Keane, I don’t think there is a truer word spoken by the legend Bill Struth, who managed Rangers for 34 years from 1920 to 1954.

Unsurprisingly, there were no arrivals at Ibrox on deadline day despite Rangers reportedly making attempts to sign Ricardo Quaresma of Inter Milan and Gabriel Obertan of Manchester United. In the morning papers, Simon Poulsen of AZ Alkmaar was another name thrown into the hat but nothing developed and nobody was added to the squad. On the whole, it was a pretty frustrating end to January after the sale of Pedro Mendes to Sporting Lisbon for £1.5m last week. Mendes, was one of Rangers’ most creative players and he will be a sore loss to the squad.

The window is now firmly shut, where does it leave Rangers?

Thankfully, Rangers were able to shrugg off a late deadline day approach for Allan McGregor who has been in fine form for the SPL Champions this season. According to this morning’s newspapers, the reported bid was around £4m and I must admit I’m surprised Rangers had the guts to turn down such a bid. Personally, I think McGregor is an exceptional goalkeeper on his game so I’m delighted we still have him on our books. Madjid Bougherra, the star of Algeria’s African Cup of Nations campaign, didn’t attract much interest in the window and that will please the Rangers fans and the management team.

Great to have Davis still on board

The classy Steven Davis has committed his future to Rangers this month by saying he is happy to play for Rangers and doesn’t want a return to the English Premiership after spells with Aston Villa and Fulham. John Fleck and Danny Wilson both turned down contract offers, however, contract talks have resumed with striker Fleck who has impressed in his last few outings for Rangers. Kris Boyd’s future still remains in the balance with the bank still not offering him a new deal but I’d very surprised if Kris will leave on a free transfer.

A little frustrating that we didn’t sign a winger, I feel a wide-player is exactly what we need just now which will keep Steven Davis in his natural position, he performs so much better in that role instead of out on the right-side.

Bougherra, Boyd, Miller and Beasley still to return – added to the 10 point lead.

We Welcome The Chase.

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