Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha
With Rangers attempting to overhaul their squad and kick-start a major revival on a shoe-string budget, manager Pedro Caixinha certainly has a challenge on his hands.
The Gers finished nine points adrift of runners-up Aberdeen and spent the entire season chocking on Celtic’s dust as the club endured a baptism of fire in their return to the top flight after four years in the lower leagues.
Any supporter who might have dreamed of an immediate return to the Old Firm duopoly of yesteryear has been hit with a brutal reality check.
However, what better way to see off the competition than a little sabotage? It appears that Rangers’ summer transfer plans have been stolen straight from the Bayern Munich or Juventus playbook.
The former is out of contract at the end of the season and the latter, who netted 12 times in the league in 2016/17, could be available for £1 million.
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Furthermore, The Gers appear to be on the verge of snapping up Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack, The Express reports, while also attempting to snare former youth player Kenny McLean back to Ibrox after he cemented his reputation as arguably the league’s best outside of Celtic Park this season.
Stealing two of The Dons’ star players is a surefire way of clawing back the gap between second and third.
Aberdeen's Kenny McLean started off in Rangers' academy
And it’s impossible not to be reminded of Serie A rulers Juventus stupefying rivals Napoli and Roma by nabbing Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic last summer. Or Bayern bashing Dortmund’s shins by completing the triple swoop of Mario Götze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels.
They did something very similar in the mid-noughties when Werder Bremen dared to challenge their rule.
Rangers may be lightyears away from their domestic dominance but Aberdeen and Hearts could find themselves left behind if Caixinha’s raid proves successful.