Is Philippe Senderos Rangers' biggest regret of the summer transfer window?

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

The Swiss became Mark Warburton's 11th and final senior Ibrox recruit of the summer.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

With Rangers' promotion secured, manager Mark Warburton knew there was a job to be done.

Though the Scottish championship champions last season, the side he had assembled in his first season at Ibrox would never be able to match the club's aims once back in the top flight.

Eight senior players were duly discarded during the summer months, with 11 brought in to ensure the Light Blues are sufficiently strong to mount an immediate title challenge.

Two, Accrington pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks, were snapped up in advance last January, with another seven arriving before a league ball was even kicked. But for two positions, Rangers appeared very much prepared.

Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass warms up before the match

In the meantime, the names of almost every striker and defender in world football were hurled in Warburton's direction each time he liaised with the press. That is until Joe Garner, of the former position, arrived from Preston 11 days before the transfer window closed.

Despite his late arrival, Rangers had been in talks with Garner for weeks - the player seemingly hand-picked by his new manager, who had seen him first hand against his Brentford side a few years back. As with the other nine recruits, the 28-year-old's capture appeared fairly well formulated.

Preston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring the first goal

In contrast, Rangers were known to have pursued a number of centre-halves before eventually settling on Philippe Senderos - a free agent following recent spells at Aston Villa and Grasshoppers Zurich.

First, a move for Adrian Mariappa, one of Warburton's old Watford colleagues, could not be agreed, while the proposed signing of Villa's Joleon Lescott encountered the same result.

While talks for Lescott were underway, Senderos was already on trial at Murray Park - however, Rangers budget was unlikely to accommodate two players of recent Premier League past. Then in the dying hours of deadline day, a one-year deal was offered to and duly accepted by the Swiss. His arrival was the least convincing of all - a last resort, it seemed.

Aston Villa's Philippe Senderos

Were Warburton to start over, his quest for a new centre-half may reach an alternative conclusion. However, that is not to say Senderos will not prove his worth over the next nine months.

With any luck, that will transpire to be the case.

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