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Transfer nightmares: The two deals that sum up Rangers’ terrible recruitment

Transfer nightmares: The two deals that sum up Rangers’ terrible recruitment

Rangers have made some questionable transfers in recent years, haven’t they? Like with a lot of clubs, a good proportion of the deals work out and are successful, but there are a section of transfers that have not gone as planned to say the least.

This campaign, Steven Gerrard has been busy in bringing in numerous players to address his concerns regarding the side’s weaknesses and adding depth to allow the Gers to challenge across all fronts. A significant number of these signings have been a success for Rangers and have played a pivotal role in the side.

However, not all signings in recent years have followed that route. With that being said, let’s take a look at two of the worst Rangers signings in the last five years…

Joey Barton

Barton arrived from Burnley ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, but it was not the right move in hindsight.

The Englishman played just eight times for Rangers and failed to impress in Glasgow, with his final game coming in the demolition derby defeat at Celtic Park.

Soon after that game, that he had a heated training-ground argument with Andy Halliday and was subsequently banned for six weeks, before his contract was terminated in November 2016.

Barton returned to Burnley following the ordeal and he has since entered management with Fleetwood Town.

Umar Sadiq

There are many choices in recent years to partner Barton for this tag- Carlos Pena and Dalcio come close, but Sadiq will be the man opted for.

The 22-year-old was brought in on loan from AS Roma in the summer and clearly did not impress Gerrard enough for regular game time. Rangers’ boss told the media last year that Sadiq needed to improve “everything” if he is to show he is “worthy” of playing for the Gers.

Sadiq featured just four times before heading back to Italy on a different loan, this time to Perugia in Serie B.

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