Kenny Dalglish sounds Rangers transfer theory on why Celtic have the upper hand
Iconic Kenny Dalglish believes Celtic’s Champions League clarity gives them an edge over arch-rivals Rangers.
The Ange Postecoglou title winners have a booking at the top of European football after a five-year absence and are active in the transfer market. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Benji Siegrist are on board, and the imminent arrivals of Alexandro Bernabei and Jota will result in spending in excess of £15m this summer.
Across the city, Rangers have been focused on re-signing Connor Goldson, Allan McGregor and Steven Davis. John Souttar joins as a Hearts free agent. And Dalglish feels it’s a balancing act for Gio van Bronckhorst in terms of income as they face two qualifying rounds if they are to reach the Champions League group stage. The Europa League finalists lost to Malmö last year and fans can’t wait to see their Euro winners mingling with the continent’s best.
But Dalglish believes patience must remain for Rangers in finding quality additions to take on the Postecoglou side next season.
Addressing the Sunday posthe said: “Rangers haven’t added to their squad, but they’ve managed to re-sign Allan McGregor.
“It must be reassuring for Giovanni van Bronckhorst to have his veteran goalkeeper in the building for another year, at least.
“Allan has had a very good season and was one of the main reasons the club qualified for the Europa League final.
“Indeed, having him stay may well be the best news Rangers receive in the coming weeks.
“They’re going to get stronger, of course, but not knowing whether they’re in the Champions League or not doesn’t give them that certainty.
“They could well have some goals to achieve if they make it through qualifying and take that £35m pot in Europe’s top competition.
“But I’m sure they will have a list of other players if they end up in the Europa League.
“It’s the most sensible way for a football club to go about its business. You can’t spend what you don’t have.
“There has to be a budget that you stick to, and there has to be a structure.
“Celtic are able to spend right now because they know what their income will be for the next six months.
“They have that certainty, and it’s a great position for any manager or chief executive.
“It will be interesting to see who else the big Angel adds to his squad but, like Allan McGregor across town at Ibrox, he will do well to improve on the Carter-Vickers signing in terms of quality.
“The American defender is excellent. He has a presence and is very powerful, and integrated himself very quickly into the club. It was so important.”