Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has wasted no time in getting to work recruiting new players with the signings of Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy and Allan McGregor as the Light Blues look to get their business done early.
After changes were made to the transfer window in England taking effect this summer though, waiting until August to get some of the Gers’ transfers done makes sense for the Light Blues.
Rather than keeping the window open until the end of August as is traditional, the Premier League will now close it prior to the first round of games while Scotland will continue to allow transfers up until the end of the month.
Once Premier League teams have their squads finalised, it will allow Gerrard to take stock of who could be potential signing targets – either permanently or on loan – and find himself in a pretty strong position to negotiate a deal.
With transfers windows becoming gradually less in sync with other countries, it opens up new opportunities for clubs like Rangers who have to be a bit more inventive when it comes to transfer targets and identifying players and with a few weeks between the window closing in Scotland and England it provides a handy gap for the Gers to pick up players pushed down the pecking order at their clubs in the usual late-window rush of signings.
Gerrard’s links to Liverpool obviously mean people will look towards Anfield for potential targets once Jurgen Klopp has finalised his squad for the coming season but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen using their network of contacts at other Premier League clubs to lure signings north of the border late into August.