Ferguson delivers verdict on Rangers summer signings, namechecks trio who stand out
By Harry Sykes
Barry Ferguson has claimed there are question marks over all but three of the Rangers summer signings following a dizzying overhaul of the squad this summer by Pedro Caixinha.
The Ibrox legend believe his former side are “short” of the calibre needed to challenge Celtic for the major domestic trophies.
He named only centre-back Bruno Alves and central midfield pair Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack as players he is convinced can do a solid job,
Declan John became the 11th new arrival at Rangers this summer when, as exclusively revealed by Football Insider, he joined on a season-long loan deal from Cardiff on deadline day.
Ferguson, who won five league titles, five Scottish Cups and five League Cups over two spells at Rangers, to BBC Scotland’s Sportsound that he is not convinced by some of the summer signings and that his former club remain some way behind last season’s treble-winners Celtic.
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“I still think they [Rangers] are short,” Ferguson said, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “Bruno Alves, you can’t argue with, an experienced centre half and he’s played at the highest level.
“Graham Dorrans, Ryan Jack knows the league [Scottish Premiership] and is a ‘Steady Eddy’.
“I still think they’re short of Celtic and I still think they need to go and spend a bit of money.
“But to be fair, they’ve given him [Pedro Caixinha] a few pounds to go and spend on transfer fees and on wages.”
Caixinha has completely revamped the team assembled by former manager Mark Warburton, with the likes of Barrie McKay, Martyn Waghorn, Joe Garner and Michael O’Halloran among those sold or loaned out.
In other Rangers transfer news, fans have reacted to speculation an attacker switch will be done by the 11pm window cut-off.