COMMENT By Richard Parks
As reports emerge that Rangers are willing to cash in this summer on four star players, question marks will be asked of Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen.
To boil it down as succinctly as possible, are the manager and director of football geniuses or mad?
The Scottish Sun claim the Light Blues are ready to consider bids for leading quartet James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos, Josh Windass and Wes Foderingham this summer.
Without a shadow of a doubt, should the four leave, the overhaul this summer will be enormous even by the standards of Rangers in recent years.
The players were all mainstays of the team in 2017-18 and integral to the side that finished just three points off second place in the Scottish Premiership.
Foderingham had a mixed end to the season but has been one of Rangers’ most consistent performers in recent years, while the other three were the club’s outstanding players in 2017-18.
Morelos and Windass are both raw but have huge potential and the potential to create havoc in the opposition third, while Tavernier is already good enough to walk into a few Premier League teams.
Certainly, all four would expect to find a club in the English top flight, or the top half of the Championship.
But the crux is that Rangers need to sell to buy. Chairman Dave King has promised £6million of new money, and perhaps that sum could increase to £8million.
The reality is that if Gerrard wants to recruit star players to fit into the system he wants to implement, the Glasgow giants will have to sell their prize assets.
Rangers’ top brass were smart enough to secure the quartet to new contracts in the last 12 months, with three all penning new deals in recent months.
They would all be able to fetch significant fees in the forthcoming window, possibly around £4million apiece from Tavernier and Windass, and maybe double that for Morelos, who is 21 and can be a 20-goal-a-season man at the right club. Fotheringham might fetch around £1million.
Selling the quartet would be a huge gamble, given they are proven in the Scottish Premiership and are either at their peak or have their best years ahead of them.
It prompt serious questions about the upcoming overhaul. Genius or mad? You decide.