Can Clement’s January transfer window business win Rangers the league?

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The Rangers manager’s first window in charge had some exciting incomings, and one flop booted out on loan, with another possibly following suit in the coming days.

January saw a new player trading model implemented at the club under new director of football, Nils Koppen, with all three January incomings aged 22 or under.

This comes after Clement criticized Rangers’ transfer policy in recent times, with not enough money being generated from player sales, adding: “If you look at the last couple of years, this is one thing that the club has missed. They didn’t have big outgoing transfers.”

Three new faces.

Before last month’s window had even opened, Clement already had his first target in the door, with Wolves’ £35 million pound striker Fabio Silva joining on loan until the end of the season.

After failing to impress down in England, Silva was loaned out to PSV and Anderlecht last season, grabbing 22 goals and assists in a combined 51 games for the two clubs.

Silva comes into Rangers with pressure on his shoulders to become the clinical striker Rangers are desperate for, with Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers not looking up to standards in a Rangers jersey.

Clement has spoken openly at about the lack of depth in midfield, and the squad he inherited lacking a player in the middle of the pitch who can take the ball in and link play.

He seems to have found the man for the job in his second signing, Mohamed Diomande, who joins on an initial loan deal from FC Nordsjaelland.

However the highly rated Ivorian 22-year-old will become a Rangers player permanently, with the deal including an obligation to buy him in the summer for a fee in the region of 5 million euros.

He will look to secure his position in the Rangers midfield, which has looked thin to the ground in recent weeks, following previous injuries to Ryan Jack, Kieran Dowell and John Lundstram.

Diomande has also played some of his football in Denmark as a left winger, making him an exciting, versatile option in Clement’s Rangers revolution.

The final signing of the window saw a deadline day move for highly rated 20-year-old Colombian winger Oscar Cortes.

Cortes joins on loan from French side Lens, with Rangers having an option to buy in the summer, after he failed to break into the Lens squad.

The Colombian secured his move to France after an impressive under-20’s World Cup campaign in which he scored four goals for his side, claiming the tournaments bronze boot.

He will hope to follow in the footsteps of his fellow countryman, Alfredo Morelos, who left the club in the summer after seven years at Ibrox becoming Rangers’ all time top European goal-scorer in that time.

Alfredo Morelos in action for Rangers – Credit – Эдгар Брещанов – soccer.ru

The Gers’ new number 16 has been known to play on both wings, and could become an immediate mainstay in the side following a long term injury to Rangers joint top league goal-scorer, Abdallah Sima.

Leaving so soon?

Two of former manager Michael Beale’s summer signings are already on their way out the door, but fans won’t be too upset to see the back of them.

Sam Lammers joined the Glasgow giants from Italian outfit Atalanta in the summer for over 3 million euros, but has found himself shipped out on loan after only a few months at the club.

Sam Lammers in action for PSV – Credit – Joris Verwijst – wikiportret.nl

The Dutchman has joined FC Utrecht until the end of the season, after failing to impress under both Rangers managers this season, becoming a bit of a laughing stock among fans.

The striker scored two goals in 17 appearances for the Gers’, and will hope to revitalize his career back in his homeland, though there is no buy option in the deal, so Rangers fans may see him in royal blue again after the summer.

Ecuadorian international Jose Cifuentes is also linked with a move away from Rangers in the coming days, after failing to break into the squad under Clement.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Cifuentes turned down a loan move to Turkey, but looks certain to be on his way to Brazilian side Cruzeiro, with his sights set on a spot in the Ecuador team which will play in Copa America this summer.

Cifuentes has been open about his struggle settling in Scotland, having come from Los Angeles in the summer, he has referenced the cold and wet weather in Scotland not being what he is used to.

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