100m-rated Player who was “going to sign for Rangers” was banned for eight months for breaching FA betting rules…

100m-rated Player who was “going to sign for Rangers” was banned for eight months for breaching FA betting rules…

In order to prepare for what could be a demanding second half of the season, Philippe Clement strengthened his hungry Ibrox squad by adding three talented youngsters to Glasgow Rangers’ roster during the January transfer window.

The three new arrivals are Oscar Cortes, Mohamed Diomande, and Fabio Silva; each could contribute in the upcoming days and weeks.

Silva has already netted two goals for Rangers, and the other two looked impressive when they made their club debuts in the 2-0 Scottish Cup victory over Ayr United.

But last month, the Light Blues did lose out on a few players, and Clement may come to regret some of these decisions.

While Brazilian Jefte appeared to be moving to Scotland, Lawrence Shankland was constantly linked throughout January. However, the deal fell through at the last minute, guaranteeing more bad news for the Gers.

The Glasgow team has historically lost out on transfer targets; over the years, a number of them have gone on to bigger and better things.

In the Premier League, one name that was connected a few years ago is currently flourishing. Ivan Toney is another one who probably won’t be sitting still this summer.

Toney was ‘going to sign’ with the Rangers.

Steven Gerrard started assembling a team that could challenge Celtic’s hegemony in Scottish football and keep them from winning the coveted tenth league title in a row after Covid-19 cut short the 2019–20 season.

To stop this from happening, Kemar Roofe, Calvin Bassey, Ianis Hagi, and Cedric Itten were all signed. Over the course of the next 12 months, the Light Blues were merciless as they swept aside all opponents and easily won the Premiership.

They only gave up 13 goals during their perfect 2020–21 season, but they were unable to build on this and lost the trophy the following year.

Should they have signed Ivan Toney in 2020, would the result have been different? Celtic is likely also interested in the player.

Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney

The striker, who signed with Brentford instead of Peterborough United, was targeted by Gerrard and their Old Firm rivals, but no deal ever materialized.

A year later, Toney acknowledged that he could have moved to Scotland in an interview with former Ibrox legend Ally McCoist, saying:

“I was going to sign with Rangers as well as Celtic, like you mentioned.”

Considering how he has been sweeping the Premier League in recent years, what a piece of business it could have been for the Ibrox side.

Toney’s numbers following his association with the Rangers

The 6′ 1″ Englishman appeared to be a great deal for the Bees, having only been reported to have cost £5 million, with the possibility of another £5 million in add-ons.

In his first season at Brentford, Toney more than lived up to the £5 million price tag. In 45 Championship games, he

scored 31 goals and grabbed ten assists, helping the London club earn promotion to the top flight for the first time

since the 1946–1947 campaign.

The former Posh striker scored 12 goals in 33 games as the team finished in a respectable 13th place. He didn’t take

long to adjust to life in the Premier League.

Sensational Player

His performances made him “sensational,” according to BBC reporter Simon Stone, and this helped pave the way for

his second season in the top division.

If the 27-year-old’s campaign was impressive, he reached new heights in the 2022–2023 season, scoring 20 goals in

the league and finishing third in the competition for the Golden Boot, which Erling Haaland ultimately won.

Toney was suspended for eight months in May 2023 after he acknowledged 232 infractions of the FA betting rules.

He didn’t play again until last month.

After a difficult first half of the season, three goals in just four games indicates that he is back to form, and his goals

could guarantee Brentford’s place in the top flight.

The Light Blues lost out on a player who could have elevated them to a higher level and addressed their offensive

problems, which beset them in the two seasons following 2020–2021—as these past few seasons have unequivocally


Some of the biggest teams in England are now interested in the center-forward, and based on his reported value, the

Gers had a nightmare when they failed to come up with £5 million in 2020.

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