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Rangers must not stop targeting elite club's talents

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers have had mixed success with their signings, and two have already left Ibrox.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers have sent two loan players back to their clubs after the moves failed to work out.

It became evident as soon as August that striker Umar Sadiq was behind the curve, and he failed to impress Steven Gerrard.

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Then Ovie Ejaria's slide in form reached crisis point in midweek when he was not in the right frame of mind to travel for the Europa League game and Rangers decided at his request that he leave Ibrox.

 

Both of Sadiq and Ejaria belong to big clubs, Roma and Liverpool.

Yet it was the sheer size of the task at Rangers which proved too much for both of them, and ultimately they did not have it within them to succeed.

This is not to say Rangers should change their transfer strategy.

Steven Gerrard must continue to target young loan players from elite clubs.

Ovie Ejaria of Rangers runs away from Arnaud Djoum of Heart of Midlothian during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in...

Some will not work out, as Sadiq and Ejaria have shown. Others like Ryan Kent are showing more promise.

Rivals Celtic had success with Patrick Roberts using the same strategy of signing loan players from elite clubs.

Rangers' methods are right, even though it does not work every time.

They should not abandon their plans.

Umar Sadiq of Rangers is shown a yellow card by Referee, John Beaton after diving in an attempt to get a penalty during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Aberdeen and...

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