Pedro Caixinha would surely have known that his transfer funds would be far from unlimited when he accepted the job at Rangers.
After all, since signing then-Rapid Vienna hitman Nikica Jelavic for £4 million in 2012 (BBC), the Scottish giants have largely been limited to cut price deals, short-term loans and free transfers.
However, while previous manager Mark Warburton used the market questionably to say the least, securing disastrous deals for grizzled veterans a la Joey Barton and Phillippe Senderos, it appears that Caixinha has a far better grasp of how to make do and mend.
The Daily Record reports that Rangers are on the verge of nabbing Ryan Jack from Aberdeen in one of the biggest coups in recent domestic football. The 25-year-old is the captain of the side directly above Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, after all.
And the newspaper adds that they are also tracking Hearts’ bombarding right-back Callum Paterson, despite a cruciate ligament injury keeping him on the sidelines since Christmas.
The domestic-based duo would certainly add further quality to Rangers’ starting XI while simultaneously weakening a direct rival. Bayern Munich themselves would be proud.
And, even more impressively, The Gers could secure both Jack and Paterson without spending a single penny on transfer fees. The highly-rated pair are out of contract at the end of this season, after all.
Therefore, while Pedro has been pilloried relentlessly in recent days by pundits and more than one rival manager, he could make a major statement of intent by marking his first transfer with the two more inspired signings since the club’s 2012 liquidation.
All without putting a dent in the bank balance.