Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again – it’s Broken Clock Day.
Charlie Nicholas, in his inane column for Britain’s ugliest newspaper, the Scottish Daily Express, has actually gotten something right. In slating Ibrox’s transfer policy he has identified one key area which sums it up perfectly; the goalkeeping position.
In the summer, the Ibrox club was widely believed to be letting Allan McGregor head for the retirement home. The decision to retain his services when he was already clearly no longer up to it was ridiculous, and done to save money, much as the retention of Arfield and Davis was.
What’s worse is that his understudy was arguably even worse; Jon McLaughlin is terrible and he has already been in the team and then jettisoned as not being able to compete even with his ageing counterpart. The decision not to sign a keeper was quite mad.
And Nicholas has pointed out that there was a perfectly good one in Scotland, available for free. If only we hadn’t gotten him first. Benjamin Siegrist, who is Celtic’s number two, would, according to Nicholas, be the first choice at Ibrox and he is correct.
There are few things that sum up the abject nature of their transfer decision making like allowing Siegrist to talk to Celtic without making him an offer. There is no guarantee that he would have accepted it, of course, but they could have offered him that starting berth to sweeten the deal. Instead they went for Mr Staunch again, and when he was confirmed as staying they had no choice but to stick with him and McLaughlin.
There have been so many mistakes in the Ibrox transfer policy that it seems a tad churlish to point this one out, and it won’t be the definitive one when the season ends anyway; their failure to invest in a top class midfielder will be seen as a critical one.
But it shows the short-sightedness of the Ibrox operation and its basic stupidity. There is no doubt that Siegrist was the best keeper in Scotland last season outside of Celtic Park, and signing him this summer was, for us, a no brainer.
It was a no-brainer for them too … but they never had the brains for it.
Kevan McKeown says:
October 18, 2022 at 12:14 pm
October 18, 2022 at 1:25 pm
October 18, 2022 at 1:57 pm
I’d actually like tae see Seigrist gettin more games. Think it would benefit both keepers. A healthy kind of competition imo. Keep Joe H on his toes and the game time would really help our 2nd keeper. Glad we’ve got both tho.
Their smoke and mirrors transfer policy has only fooled the gullible.
The transfer money they took in has mainly gone to pay back the soft loans rather than the team.
Aged players and free transfers all on big wages who have no sell on value.
I too would like to see Seigrist get a bit of a run for us, until we do, for me, the jury’s still out. I know he’s looked good at Utd but how many players have excelled at a Scottish club that’s under regular pressure only to prove unable to repeat that period of success at a bigger club where they’re called upon on only the odd occasion a game.
Be good also to see Ralston and Bernabei start again, they both left a good impression
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