Rangers signed Scott Wright on an immediate deal as he could help them win just one more match in the money-spinning Europa League, says Kieran Maguire.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the finance guru was reacting after Rangers revealed late on deadline day they had signed the forward from Aberdeen on a permanent transfer.
He had initially been set to join the club in the summer after signing a pre-contract deal announced last week.
Rangers are almost unassailable in what has become a one-team march to the Scottish Premiership title.
But Maguire pointed out they are still in the lucrative Europa and it will be well worth paying the added costs of signing Wright immediately if he can help them win just one match.
Asked whether pre-contract agreements make more sense in January than fee-paying transfers, Maguire told Football Insider: “That [pre-contract] strategy has some merit, but Rangers are looking for success in Europe as well as domestically.
“The deal has gone through and Aberdeen accept that, but they would have been keen on a fee.
“Aberdeen are desperate to finish third because that would give them a Europa League place and they see him as a key member of the squad, so it would have been good for them in that sense [if he stayed].
“But from Rangers’ point of view, if he could be the difference in progressing one more game in Europe, it’s well worth paying a fee given the additional money you get for winning in the Europa League.”
Wright is a former Scotland Under-21 international and has played 79 times for Aberdeen, scoring seven goals.
Rangers announced the versatile attacker will start training with his new teammates on Tuesday.