Jackie McNamara has claimed Rangers are reducing their reliance on the loan market to copy Celtic’s blueprint for Scottish football trophy-winning.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Hoops and Scotland legend has seen early indications of a major shift in transfer policy at Ibrox.
The club have relied heavily upon loan signings since their return to the top flight, with mixed success, but McNamara believes they will now focus more on buying rising stars and developing them before selling at a profit.
Rangers have already signed youthful wingers Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie from Kilmarnock and Motherwell this summer, as well as converted veteran Steven Davis’ loan into a permanent deal.
“Rangers look like rather than getting players on loan, maybe getting a Hastie or a Jordan Jones in permanently to develop the talent themselves, get some players in, [Glen] Kamara, a few younger players,” McNamara told Football Insider.
“I think it’s happened at Celtic down the last number of years successfully, they’ve brought in players, developed them and then sort of moved them on.
“The likes of van Dijk, Wanyama, even bringing the likes of Ryan Christie in from Inverness, who’s done well recently. Armstrong, from Dundee United moving to Southampton. so maybe Rangers are trying to follow suit with what Celtic have done over the last number of years.”
Rangers are set to be very active in the transfer market in the coming weeks as they prepare to announce the signing of Greg Stewart on a free transfer from Birmingham City as well as working on a number of younger player deals.