The Rangers fans here in the Transfer Tavern still aren’t quite sure what to make of their January business. Indeed, the punters propping up our bar are happy with their arrivals, though one departure has concerned our local Light Blues.
Following the departure of Danny Wilson over the course of the New Year sales, our resident Gers are starting to miss the 26-year-old. The former Hearts man joined MLS side Colorado Rapids and recently revealed he wanted to STAY at Ibrox, only for Mark Allen to reportedly perform a contract U-turn and send Wilson packing.
Though some of Allen’s work on the transfer front has been good of late, this really is a stupid move. While the likes of David Bates and Russell Martin would likely have been ahead of Wilson in Graeme Murty’s defensive pecking order, he’d have been a much better back-up option than Bruno Alves.
Perhaps there wasn’t scope to move Alves on during the January window, though pretty much forcing Wilson to walk was stupid. Allen and Murty would have been better off keeping the pair at Ibrox until the summer and then moving Alves on after a largely miserable year in Glasgow for the Portuguese veteran.
Now, the Gers will need to move to replace both in the summer. While paying both’s wages for six months or so would have been fairly gutting, the idea of now going out and having to purchase a new central defender, and then convincing him to largely play as a back-up, will be a lengthy and expensive process.
There have been more important transfer decisions at Ibrox of late, though this might be the stupidest.