'Fine business' - Sutton raves over Rangers' transfer window despite signing 'cast-offs'
Former Celtic and England striker Chris Sutton has been left raving over the transfer business Rangers have conducted this month despite having picked up “cast-offs” from other clubs.
Graeme Murty has had a busy January in what is his first transfer window as manager of the Light Blues, bringing in four loan signings as well as completing the permanent transfer of Declan John from Cardiff City.
Jamie Murphy, Russell Martin, Jason Cummings and Sean Goss have all arrived on temporary deals from Brighton, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers respectively, and Sutton says that despite the quartet all being allowed to leave their parent clubs, they look to be smart signings by the Gers.
He also credited the club for making the right move and not committing the signings to permanent contracts, stating that Murty’s own uncertainty over his future, with his managerial deal signed until the end of the season, means that they are avoiding repeating the situation they found themselves in following Pedro Caixinha’s departure earlier this season.
He wrote in his column for the Daily Record: “This has been a cracking window for Scottish football so far.
“Rangers have done some fine business with the acquisitions of Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings and Russell Martin.
“Judgment has to be reserved on Sean Goss but the other three will improve the Ibrox squad by bringing energy, talent and experience.
“Rangers are also right to have signed these boys on loan. They simply cannot afford to go dishing out long-term deals when Graeme Murty only has an agreement to the end of the season.
“Remember the last time they handed out lengthy contracts when a manager wasn’t assured of a future. They are still paying for it.
“Sure (Celtic manager Brendan) Rodgers could go and pick up cast-offs, unwanted players and those stuck on the fringes at clubs. After all, that’s the market Murphy, Martin, Cummings, Goss.”
Rangers will return to action after their winter break with a trip to Highland League side Fraserburgh for their Scottish Cup clash on Sunday, although the match is subject to change with a pitch inspection scheduled for Saturday after the recent freezing weather.
In other Rangers transfer news, Murty has confirmed he has held talks about bringing a controversial figure back to the club.