Dave King’s damning criticism of Rangers’ wage bill

Rangers have endured a season of underperforming, overpaid players.

Speaking to the Daily Record, current Rangers chairman Dave King criticised the running of the club under the previous regime, which saw many overpaid players underperform for far too long.

He said: “[When we played them] Queen of the South’s total wage bill for players and management was around £7000 a week. We had more than that in players sitting on the bench we chose not to play. So I think there wasn’t investment in the squad, there was just an expenditure pattern.

“But what I can say is that it speaks for itself, if you look at the wage bill last season and look at the performance of the team. Not winning the Championship, with the wage bill of the team, was unthinkable at the beginning of the season.”

King certainly highlights one of the main aspects of Rangers that has long been criticised, with the need to get back to the Premiership overruling financial stability.

The club have seen 11 players leave this summer, following the expiration of their contracts, although the new manager will still have to work with a selection of players who do not deserve to be at Ibrox.

The likes of Lee McCulloch, Kris Boyd, Bilel Mohsni and Richard Foster have all left the club, and whoever is named new manager will be given the chance to rebuild a squad with wise investment and a plan for the future.

The Gers’ short-termism was a fine approach following their immediate drop to League 2, but with the need to now get back into the top flight, and then establish themselves there, a change in philosophy is needed - with plans to build for the future of vital importance.

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