By David Woods

2nd Feb, 2018 | 7:56pm

Rangers January business was streets ahead of Celtic but it could have been so much better

COMMENT
Rangers fans must be hugely impressed at a January transfer window that was conducted almost flawlessly by manager Graeme Murty.
Murty brought in six new faces to Ibrox and signed Declan John on a permanent deal.
Russell Martin, Jamie Murphy, Sean Goss, Jason Cummings, Greg Docherty and Glenn Middleton were all signed by Murty and they’re all players that look to have Rangers stamped through them.
They even managed to hold onto star striker Alfredo Morelos when it looked like he was going to have his head turned by a huge offer from China that was reportedly going to 10x his wages.
By contrast, Celtic left it late.
They signed the fantastic Lewis Morgan but loaned him straight back to St Mirren so they won’t get the benefits until next season.
They bagged exciting Charly Musonda on loan from Chelsea and then saved the best until last sign Dundee’s Jack Hendry deep into transfer deadline injury time.
Look at the two clubs and you have to say that Rangers smashed it and have definitely reduced the gulf in quality between the two teams.
But it could have been even better.
At one stage it looked like Celtic were going to lose Moussa Dembele, which would have been a real loss.
And reports that surfaced on January 1 revealed that they could also have lost Patrick Roberts to Leicester as part of the huge deal that would see Riyad Mahrez go the other way.
That fell through and Celtic kept hold of their man.
And the late Hendry deal has to hurt. If Rodgers hadn’t managed to get that one over the line then it would have been a hugely disappointing window for the Scottish champions.
There were murmurings that Rangers would try to steal Hendry at the last minute but that didn’t come to anything and, for the moment at least, they’re not in the position to steal players like that from under Celtic’s nose.
But what a coup it would have been if they’d managed it.
As it is, Rangers fans will be making more noise than ever before and getting behind their new recruits, and hoping, just hoping, it’s enough to see them make a challenge for Celtic’s crown at the end of the season.
In other Rangers news, Murty confirmed this key striker would play no part in the game v Hibs, despite training
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