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Boxing Clever: Two Signings That Show Rangers Have Begun To Make Better Decisions In The Transfer Market

When you’re working with limited resources, boxing clever in the transfer window is an absolute must in order for a club to perform on the pitch.

It’s fair to say that Rangers haven’t always been the best at doing that in recent years. The amount of mistakes made, especially in the Pedro Caixinha era, means the club have had a lot of catching up to do on rivals Celtic.

There have, though, been a couple of recent purchases by Director of Football Mark Allen, and manager Steven Gerrard, that demonstrate how a competent recruitment strategy can pay dividends.

Since joining for just £50,000 in January, Glen Kamara has established himself as an important first-team player in Rangers’ midfield.

Playing in the middle of the park, the Finnish international has shown he has a good all-round game. Taking the ball off the centre-backs and dictating play, or pressing the opposition when out of possession.

Kamara performed extremely well in two recent internationals for Finland against Bosnia and Liechtenstein, and he is keen to add more to his game, recently commenting that Gerrard is advising him in his quest to score more goals.

His performances have attracted Premier League clubs, including Brighton, and the fact that the club managed to pick him up so cheaply from Dundee, with his contract running down, shows a recruitment team are getting things right.

Securing Jordan Jones on a free transfer from Kilmarnock could also prove to be another excellent piece of business. The winger looked superb playing for Northern Ireland last night in the 1-0 win over Belarus.

Although it’s too early to say whether he’ll prove another bargain signing, his performances last season at club level also suggest that he has what it takes to make it at Ibrox.

At 24 years of age, he has room to improve too, and his value could skyrocket over the next couple of seasons if he continues the same level of development.

Of course, not every signing will come off. The decisions to recruit Borna Barisic and Kyle Lafferty last summer look very questionable, but you can tell there is a well thought through process in the recruitment of new players.

Last month, Allen described how both he and Gerrard sit down to make key transfer decisions:

“We will sit down in a very small group, plot through the priorities and almost rank the players in terms of first preference, second preference etcetera because you are never convinced you are going to get a potential target over the line. ”

“And then ultimately myself and Steven will land, and I have said candidly ‘I will not sign a player that Steven doesn’t think will play in his first team.'”

It seems like a common sense approach, and it seems to be paying off. Hopefully, there are more good examples like Kamara and Jones to come in the summer transfer window.

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