Massive’ £60m change tipped at Rangers as pundit baffled by Celtic,

According to Peter Martin, Rangers’ financial situation will undergo a “massive change of direction” if they win the title since they stand to earn up to £60 million in addition to automatic Champions League status.

The host of PLZ Soccer answered on The Football Show on February 19 in response to Peter Rough’s query on Celtic’s lack of spending in January to bolster their struggling team given the substantial prize at the end of the season.

Although they didn’t sign the striker many had anticipated, the Light Blues did agree to pay a “huge” £4.5 million fee for Mohamed Diomande. The midfielder scored the team’s first goal in the 3-0 victory over St Johnstone, which sent them to the top of the SPFL.

“Everyone knows what’s dangling at the end of this season, it’s automatic entry,” Rough remarked (19 minutes and 45 seconds). Another forty, fifty, sixty million pounds, I guess? How come you would fiddle with it in January? I understand that January isn’t always the best month, but occasionally you have to take a chance.

“It’s a £60m roll of the dice, which is not unusual,” Martin continued. This is just another year where Rangers’ roll of the dice in this plan hasn’t paid off, and ultimately, spending £60 million represents a significant shift in the team’s path.

Lee McCulloch then said: “Of course it is, and I think the way they’ve been working they’ve obviously, clearly, not had that sort of money. So if there’s a carrot there to go and get that sort of money you’d better believe they’ll be trying to get it.”

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One way or another the Gers have managed to spend decent money over the past two transfer windows, but it took the arrival of Philippe Clement to apparently get good value for it.

The summer spend on the likes of Sam Lammers and Jose Cifuentes has already proven a waste after the pair were shipped out last month, while the jury remains out to an extent on Cyriel Dessers and Danilo.

Free transfer arrivals Jack Butland and Dujon Sterling have been more obvious success stories, but the overhaul under Michael Beale had previously left Rangers looking further than ever from winning the title.
The turnaround Clement has sparked has been hugely-impressive, and while it obviously has a long way to go, has convinced various pundits already that the Belgian is on his way to a debut SPFL title.
When big-money January arrival Diomande hammered home the long-range opening at the weekend on his way to the league leadership, it was far from the thoughts of Ibrox, even though it remains a possible concern that Dessers and Silva were not supported by a striker in the Lawrence Shankland mold.

In other Rangers news, the most recent strange side note to Michael Beale’s season at Ibrox and Sunderland has surfaced on social media.

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