Rangers will seek further squad improvements this summer.
The Ibrox club will seek further squad improvements this summer in order to challenge rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership after winning promotion from the Championship.
Despite experiencing an excellent year and putting the club in position to win a potential treble, Rangers boss Mark Warburton knows his side need extra quality ahead of next season.
But the former Brentford boss has pleaded with fans to be realistic in their demands, especially after hearing supporters on the radio ask for players such as a 25-goal box-to-box midfielder.
“Someone on radio the other day said they wanted a 6ft 4in centre-half who could head it and kick it and a 6ft 5ins centre forward who could head it in the goal,” Warburton told the Daily Record.
“If there is someone who is 6ft 5ins, can play sharp one-twos and has good movement, then he is on £200,000 a week in the Premier League. That’s the fact of it and they make me laugh.”
“They say you want a box-to-box midfielder who can score 25 goals a season. That’s Frank Lampard. We are going to lose targets simply because of the fact that club X comes in and pays them three times what we can afford to pay.”
While Rangers will be eager to challenge Celtic for the title next season, they will be wise not to push too hard, too soon and find themselves in similar financial trouble as before.
Warburton is a shrewd operator in the transfer market, and the club’s potential place in the Europa League (should the Gers beat Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final) would undoubtedly help their cause.
Supporter demands and expectations will play a key part in the Glasgow club’s bid to usurp Celtic and become Scotland’s number one club once again.