Last seaosn, Rangers stopped league rivals Celtic’s pursuit of an unparalleled 10th Scottish title in a row, with manager Steven Gerrard guiding his team to a procession to the championship in the 2020/21 seaosn.
It’ll go down as a big achievement for the Gers especially given how bereft of success the club were before their first title in nine campaigns.
In that time, and over the last 25 years or so, they have splashed the cash initially under owner David Murray and then through a succession of other chairmen at the helm.
Some acquisitions have proved huge successes. Others, well, haven’t.
Tore Andre Flo – signed in a deal worth £12m from Chelsea in 2000.
There have been worse attackers to feature for the Gers, but the Norwegian represents so much more than that. The £12 million spent on transfer double the previous Scottish transfer record, left Tore with little way of living up to expectations.
Ultimately in his second campaign, he scored 22 times across all competitions but they were totally overshadowed by Martin O’Neill’s relentless Celtic.
Had he purchased at another time, Flo’s time in Glasgow may be viewed differently. In the end, the forward represents peak excess from president David Murray.
Joey Barton – snapped up for nothing in 2016
When Joey Barton joined Rangers in the spring of 2016, he said: “I’m not coming up here to be another player. I’m coming up here to be the best player in the country.”
It quickly became evident he’d fall short of his target. On his Gers debut, he was nutmegged by Hamilton’s Ali Crawford in front of Ibrox spectators and his time in the city never recovered.
After a training ground clash with Andy Halliday, he was suspended by Rangers for three weeks and his career at the Scottish outfit was over when his deal was terminated in November.
Michael Ball – landing for £6.5 million from Everton in 2001
Michael Ball had just been capped by his country, England when the left-back arrived at Rangers for a lavish sum. It was one the defender failed to go on to justify, albeit Michael was hampered by a serious knee injury that prevented Ball from playing for 18 months.
He slowly became peripheral to the Gers team, with a £500,000 payment due after 60 matches ultimately limiting his use notably. Although this was resolved, Ball was offloaded in the summer transfer market of 2005 for just £500,000.