The Ibrox fans are no strangers to mad fantasy or delusion, and we all know this. The latest is a beauty though. Their bloggers are demanding that the club gives Clement the money to buy Sima from Brighton when his current loan comes to an end.
There are two things to note here. The first is that he’s only had a couple of good games, and so this is obviously lunacy. The second is that they have no “right to buy” in the deal which means, amongst other things, that there’s no minimum release clause.
This is what one of their websites had to say about this mad idea. “ All Gers boss Clement can do is persuade the powers that be in Glasgow to get out the chequebook and pay the Seagulls whatever it takes to land the player on a permanent deal.”
Believe it or not, that is rampant on their forums at the moment, this demand – and no, it wasn’t a mistake that I used that word because that’s how it’s being framed – that their club spends a fortune on a front man when half their team needs radically rebuilt.
The idea is fantasy land stuff. Sima was signed by Brighton for an absolute fortune, and the better he does up here the more likely it is that they’ll either keep him or sell him on for a decent sum, a sum which will be vastly more than the Ibrox club can afford.
On the day after we release our glossy accounts, and reveal the full details of our vast financial strength, they are deluding themselves with the thought that they will be able to afford an EPL loanee who is the one guy amongst their new signings who is doing a decent job. (I ignore the stuff about their keeper; he’s a decent shot stopper, not a world beater.)
If their manager actually repeats this demand, they should hound him out of the club as soon as they can, because he’ll have shown himself up as a guy with no clue how to genuinely build a team.
Remember, he’s never signed players before, he’s never been responsible for putting a team together and at the moment there’s no-one at Ibrox to help him.
If the Ibrox board has told him he can do stuff like this they have lied to him. Blatantly. Obviously. But if he listens to their fans he might even believe that he can.
The “finance experts” who are on some of the Ibrox blogs only add to the problem with the nonsense they talk; one of them was on the other day saying that even if it’s a huge risk they need to give this guy as much money as he needs.
If your own financial advisor told you something like that I’m guessing you’d sack him. At Ibrox they hang on his every word.