As Rangers strengthen their squad in the wake of a chaotic few months, there is much to excite their fans.

Three senior signings are already in the bag and plans are intensifying for more to join them.

Rangers added to the landmark capture of Ianis Hagi and the exciting one of Callum Bassey last week when they prised Jordan McLaughlin from Sunderland.

The Scottish giants confirmed the capture of the former Hearts goalkeeper on a free transfer 24 hours after their interest had been exclusively revealed by Football Insider.

What is especially encouraging for Bears is that recruitment chief Ross Wilson and manager Steven Gerrard appear to be working with a significant budget.

Significantly, this is not only in terms of transfer fees, but also wages, which are crucial in attacking quality and proven players.

Certainly, McLaughlin falls into that category.

Capped twice by Scotland, he has joined on the back of two fine seasons at an English club where the expectation and pressure is not too dissimilar to that of Rangers.

McLaughlin has also played in the SPL for Hearts and has extensive experience at Football League clubs south of the border.

Money talks.

As Black Cats idol Kevin Phillips, and someone who knows the workings of the club inside out, has pointed out to Football Insider, Rangers have offered McLaughlin a better paid deal than Sunderland.

“It is Sunderland’s loss but it is no surprise he left,” he told Football Insider. “Sunderland made an offer but he has obviously been handed a better contract to go back to Scotland.”

That is great news for Rangers fans, some of whom would have feared a severe tightening of the finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They do not need especially long memories to get the shivers over fiscal concerns at their club.

The Douglas Park-led board have backed Gerrard to the hilt during his two years at the reins, most spectacularly with the Ryan Kent signing on deadline day last summer.

While a repeat of that deal is only realistic if Alfredo Morelos is sold for well above £10million, there is proof that club chiefs are fulling supportive of the targets lined up given the context of the Ibrox revenues and cash in the bank.

This should provide hope for Bears that the best is yet to come in this summer’s window.

In other Rangers news, a journalist has waxed lyrical to Football Insider as the club finalise “outstanding” new signing.

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