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Big money moves on the horizon for Rangers after transfer spree

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers  Auchenhowie Training Centre on...

Steven Gerrard's Rangers have been busy in the transfer market.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard is defying the odds so far at Rangers this season having led the side to the top of their Europa League group so far.

The new manager looks anything but a managerial rookie and is making a real name for himself at Ibrox away from his esteemed playing days.

The biggest factor has been a relentless recruitment policy, with Rangers' going on a low budget spending spree in the summer.

 

As many as 13 players were signed, on a combination of paid fees, loan deals and free signings. 

Big spending sprees like this rarely work out, especially when the signings are made at such low cost.

So it is testament to Gerrard, his staff, and his players that there has been such a strong success rate.

Players like Borna Barisic, Kyle Lafferty, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Lassana Coulibaly all look like strong signings.

Borna Barisic of Rangers FC during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers FC at La Ceramica Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Vila-real, Spain.

Eros Grezda has barely got started as has Gareth MacAuley, while Joe Worrall is beginning to make an impression.

Scott Arfield has had bright spots and is a regular, with Jon Flanagan also featuring frequently. In goal Allan McGregor hs been superb.

Loanees Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria have both made big impacts, with Umar Sadiq the only disappointment so far.

The success of the spending spree presents it's own dilemma.

What's next?

Clearly Gerrard is to be trusted and he has earned the right to be trusted with a bigger transfer budget.

The number of signings made has been high, which means there is already big competition for places. He can't go on another prolific spree again.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard in the dug out during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It means that in the next transfer window, Rangers and Gerrard can afford to shop for quality over quantity.

There may be just one or two positions Rangers need to strengthen, and they can be more selective.

Instead of spreading the transfer budget out over multiple positions, Rangers can afford to plough it into one or two players who can really make a statement.

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