Rangers lost out on a player now valued at £100 million.

 Rangers lost out on a player now valued at £100 million.

£100 million-rated to sign a valued player in Rangers

In order to prepare for what might be a demanding second half of the season,

Philippe Clement strengthened his  hungry Ibrox squad by adding three outstanding

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.

 Rangers lost out on a player now valued at £100 million.
Rangers lost out on a player now valued at £100 million.

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 larger 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 club that may challenge Celtic’s monopoly in Scottish football

and keep them from capturing the coveted ninth 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 throughout their perfect 2020–21 season, but they were unable

to build on this and lost the trophy the next year.

Should they have recruited Ivan Toney in 2020, would the result have been different?

Celtic is likely also interested in the player.

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 may have moved to Scotland in an interview

with former Ibrox hero 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 that could have been for the Ibrox club.

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 believed

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 earned 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 solid 13th place.

He didn’t take long to adjust to life in the Premier League.

His performances made him “sensational,” according to BBC correspondent Simon Stone,

and this helped pave the way for his second season in the top division.

If the 27-year-old’s performance was outstanding, 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 tier.

These last few seasons have certainly shown that the Light Blues missed out on a player

who could have taken them to the next level and solved their attacking woes which plagued

them in the two seasons post-2020/21.

The centre-forward is now wanted by some of the biggest teams in England and,

judging by his reported value, the Gers had a nightmare by not stumping up £5m back in 2020.

Ivan Toney’s valuation in 2024

Brentford manager Thomas Frank recently admitted that this could be the final few months of Toney’s

Brentford spell, saying:

It’s pretty clear that Ivan Toney will most likely be off the market by summer. We are also aware of his value.

I don’t believe that many strikers in the world are currently better than him.
Just two Premier League teams have expressed a strong desire to move for Toney in recent months:

Arsenal and Chelsea. Frank’s disclosure will undoubtedly have given them a significant boost.

Manchester United might also pursue the 27-year-old striker, but Brentford’s estimated £100 million

valuation might force them to pursue other options in the summer transfer window.

Toney was undoubtedly a bust for Rangers, and it now appears he will be competing for major

honors in England while playing for a team in the Champions League.

That is not to assume he would have been successful in Scotland, of course,

but given that he has scored an incredible 71 goals in all since the 2020–21 season began,

despite missing eight months, it seems likely that he would have excelled at Ibrox.

With his latest £100 million valuation, it appears that the penny-pinching board’s refusal

to spend big money on a player has come back to punish them. This squandered opportunity

marks yet another instance of this.

As the season goes on, perhaps Clement won’t regret missing out on some targets

he was hoping to sign in January and repeat the mistakes made by his predecessors.

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