Rating the summer signings

Top marks for Tav. Pic courtesy of the Daily Record

Written by – Jamie Currie

As we know, there was a massive change in the playing squad over the summer. Eleven players left, and eleven players arrived. Realistically, no one would have expected this kind of start and consistency of performance, because when you bring in a plethora of new signings, you would expect a bedding-in period and a few mishaps with the playing style.

But that hasn’t been the case, and there has been a massive upturn in performances, results and entertainment value from last season. Now Rangers are sitting top of the table and look to be on course for promotion to the top flight at this stage.

Let’s see how they rate of out ten so far.

Wes Foderingham

The 25-year-old sweeper keeper has been a bit hit and miss, although it’s been more hit than miss, in all honesty. It took him a few games to get into the swing of playing behind a new defence, but over the more recent fixtures, he certainly has proved his worth by pulling off some very good saves, particularly in the away match against St Mirren. The aforementioned display at St Mirren Park is arguably the standout performance in his Rangers career to date. 7.5/10

Danny Wilson

The former Hearts captain returned with some fanfare. Unfortunately for Danny, it’s probably not panned out the way he would have hoped so far. At times his defending is very lackadaisical as if the level he is playing at is too easy for him, but he is certainly a good option to have in the squad. He has lost his place to Dominic Ball in recent weeks and has a fight on his hands to get back into that back four. 6.5/10

Rob Kiernan

The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international defender, who signed from Wigan, is really beginning to prove his worth. In the early stages, he seemed to be a bit hesitant when defending, and, to be honest, he and Wilson didn’t look like much of a partnership. Now, he is getting better week on week. He is becoming a mixture of a commanding centre-back and a ball-playing centre-back. This rich vein of form will only give him the confidence that will help enhance his performances going into the Christmas period. 7.5/10

Dominic Ball

The young Tottenham loanee struggled to dislodge Wilson at the beginning of the season, but since Wilson’s injury, he’s been fantastic. He is big, strong and is a great reader of the game. You can also see him barking orders to his teammates and taking up a real leading role in the back four. In my opinion, he and Rob Kiernan compliment each other much better than Wilson and Kiernan. He’s proving to be a shrewd signing. 7/10

James Tavernier

The right-back has been sensational so far. There is no other way to word it. He has ten goals from defence, and he has given the team a real threat from the set-piece – something that has been lacking at Ibrox since Jorg Albertz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst left for Hamburg and Arsenal respectively. Furthermore, his all-round contribution to the attacking phases of the game has been also very good. But we have yet to see how he fares when tested defensively. 10/10

Andy Halliday

Andy Halliday

The midfielder jumped at the chance to join the club he loves, and it shows. You can see the pride all over his face every time he takes to the pitch wearing that famous light blue shirt. Overall, he has been a quietly efficient signing. He has been asked to do a holding job in the midfield, which is slightly alien to him, but he has adapted very well. Of course, he has had a recent dip in form along with the rest of the team, but his contribution should not be understated. 7.5/10

Jason Holt

At £65,000, Holt is shaping up to be the bargain of the season. He has come in and instantly become a fans’ favourite. The former Hearts and Sheffield Utd man has a little bit of everything to his game. His constant running and the overall cleverness of those runs have resulted in many goals for the side this season, especially his equalising goal against Queen of the South at Ibrox. He is certainly playing his way into the hearts of the support. 8/10

Gedion Zelalem

The 18-year-old has come to Ibrox on the first stage of his development, and to be fair, he has done very well – he’s a lovely player to watch. I say this time and time again, but it’s like he plays in a little bubble at times because his opponents often struggle to get close to him. For his all his neat and intricate passing, we saw a side to Zelalem in the Alloa match that we had never seen before: he decided to get stuck in. That is just a small highlight proving that the midfielder developing and understands that he has to do the work behind the ball as well as when he is in possession. At 18, you cannot expect consistency week in, week out, but he’s a player I have enjoyed casting my eye over so far..Long live the bubble. 7/10

Jordan Thompson

It’s pretty unfair to give Jordan a rating so far, but what I will say is that he impressed with his sub appearance against Alloa. He looked hungry, composed on the ball and eager to impress. Hopefully there is more to come from him this season.

Nathan Oduwa

Oduwa can be a frustrating player; at times, you don’t know if he knows what he is going to do next. Although he is a young winger and inconsistency and frustration is part of his game. You can see there is an abundance of talent and skill in Oduwa’s locker, and if I have a slight criticism of him, it’s that he isn’t direct enough in the final third. I would like to see him commit defenders more often because there is nothing better than watching a winger dash past his opponent in full flight. Hopefully that will come with game time and experience. Overall, I think he’s been a good signing and will get better over the coming months. 7/10

Martyn Waghorn

Waghorn is the signing that has surprised me the most. I always had him down as a hard-working, 100% effort kind of player, but I never realised until watching him week in, week out, how good a footballer he actually is. He is the perfect type of forward for this 4-3-3 system and his first touch is sublime, and if you add in his 17 goals so far, he has proved to be a top signing. 9/10


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