What did I say earlier? That the Ibrox fan media will swallow anything.
Over the last two days there have been a number of interesting little moments in the media which hint at a new directive from the Dark Tower of Mordor. The first is one that had me laughing like Hell when I read it yesterday; the new valuation on Calvin Bassey.
The Record “jury” was polled on what an acceptable bid would be.
Now, these are the people who have spent weeks promoting this £25 million nonsense, which we’ve all been pissing ourselves laughing at.
They all said exactly the same thing.
They all came back with £15 million. And that’s not an accident, is it? This is the start of the big backtrack, this is them trying to drum up interest in the player at a much lower fee than was initially proposed, and they are preparing the fans for that.
Because at £25 million nobody was biting. Stories from England that Villa, who were the key club they were hoping to have buy him, believe that if they need a left back that they can get a better one than him, and for cheaper, have obviously spooked Ibrox.
Now, tonight, The Rangers Review, that hilarious “sister publication” of The Celtic Way, is running a story about how Van Bronckhorst backs “refresh over rebuild.” In short, that he prefers to re-sign players on their last legs and rely on the squad he had last season than spend money in the transfer market in order to make the team better.
The sound of gears grinding as the key in the writer’s back gets turned is louder than the moon-howling, and the bulk of their support won’t swallow it for a moment no matter how much the “official club partners” try to spin this line.
Van Bronckhorst almost certainly knows that funds are limited; The Athletic reported on that story over a month ago.
He’s got cash for perhaps one player and beyond that he’s relying on sales. The efforts to punt the players currently at the club are failing just as they usually do, and desperation is in the air now. And the fans are being prepped for bad news.
Not that it will be presented as bad news. It will be presented in the way The Rangers Review is trying to do it right now; as a positive. It’s not even terribly hard to work out what the line would be; this team was good enough to reach a European final, therefore as long as they can basically hold it together they are good to go.
But that team won seven games out of twenty-one in Europe. They lost the league to a Celtic team which is going to get stronger, and that will happen this very week.
Refresh over rebuild; that’s glorious. What a way to spin it.
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June 21, 2022 at 9:25 pm
Charlie Green says:
June 21, 2022 at 9:42 pm
June 22, 2022 at 10:46 am
June 22, 2022 at 3:42 pm
Who cares! We dodged a bullet.
I believe in “know your enemy” and quite frankly Sevco don’t need anyone new as the team won the Scottish Cup and got to a European final. Morales might be back. The biggest problem I see, is that they will be blooded and have the confidence that they can continue in the same vein. They lost that final due to a missed penalty and who would have guessed that. With every European game they had, I was told by more knowledgeable friends that they had no chance especially against the much superior German teams. Didn’t work out that way. Dismiss them at your peril.
As for Celtic I don’t see any great transfer activity other than consolidating two great players who were here last season.
Totally agree Charlie. They just need enough to beat the 10 other teams in the league (which they already have!) and then be more successful than us in our “4 game mini league” which is entirely possible. European matches, international breaks, the world cup – all these things come into play when it comes to the league and they might count against us more than they do them. Whilst I have no doubts we will have a better squad (and first team on paper than them) the fact remains its only the SPL and its a straight two horse race and they can win it……
They won’t have the success against the other 10 that they had this season. Celtic to win the league by 15 points.
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