Although I wrote earlier that we should not get too carried away by reports of the manager having £30 million plus to spend, it is obvious that we are going to be able to significantly outspend any other side in the country this window, perhaps by as much as three times their available funds. The news that we’re already set to spend £2.5 million should be seen in that light.
This is the first deal of the summer. It will not be the last. It will almost certainly not be our biggest piece of transfer market spending. This club has the financial power to flex some real muscle, and by going out and hiring Rodgers we’ve shown we’re willing to.
Who says so? None other than The Beast himself, Souness. When your own allies are telling you that you are in bother, and that what your rivals are doing is dangerous to you then that’s when you should listen. Souness hates us. That he is concerned, and is willing to admit that, should set the warning lights flashing all across the Ibrox fan-base.
Some of them are actually terrified, even if they don’t want to make that obvious. The likes of Dingwall and his madcap response are saying more than they intend by seeking to play down the significance of Rodgers’ arrival, but those willing to look at it a bit more realistically know exactly what it means for them and for their “rebuild.”
As I said before, they are building to compete against an Ange Postecoglou team which by the start of the season will no longer exist.
The personnel may be pretty much the same across the squad, but the style will be different and the tactical approach will be light years from what it was under the Greek.
Rodgers has shown that he’s willing to mix it up, which perhaps was the one complaint I had with our previous manager. When it was working it worked stupendously well … but there were times you longed for the tactical flexibility Rodgers will bring. His decision, for example, to bring on a second striker at Ibrox in the 3-2 was one of the finest tactical changes I’ve ever witnessed from a Celtic boss … they won’t know what hit them.
Souness is not the first to break ranks and admit that they have a big problem here and he won’t be the last. Ibrox fans trying to get themselves excited over “the rebuild” have already started sweating, and our own hasn’t even started yet.
Just wait until it does.