Hacks weren’t wrong, but not in the way they’d hoped

The January transfer window would prove the difference in the title race theRangers supporters and Scottish mainstream media said. They weren’t wrong, but not in the way they’d hoped…

The arrival of Adam Idah as we know wasn’t exactly greeted with great enthusiasm or optimism, and that was from a majority of our own supporters.

Our rival supporters from across the city also had their own opinions on the signing of the Irish international late in the January transfer window. And so too did the hacks in the mainstream media.

Oh how they teased us about signing ‘a third choice striker from Norwich’ to be fair they were only repeating what our own supporters were saying, but they did so with a hint of glee as they dreamt of a possible quadruple going to Ibrox.

Fabio Silva of theRangers reacts on the floor during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between theRangers and Celtic at Ibrox on April 07, 2024. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Ibrox supporters and their pals in the media felt that the January transfer dealings gave them the upper hand in the title race. Celtic had signed Adam Idah and Nicolas Khun, while Phillipe Clement added Fabio Silva, Mohamed Diomande, and Oscar Cortes to his ranks.

The impetus they reckoned was with the ibrox side. Oh where have we heard that before? The disgraceful sand dancer Silva would prove to spend most of his time on the deck. Diomande looks a decent player, but failed to deliver in the big games, while Cortes spent months on the treatment table.

In the end it was the third choice striker who couldn’t get near a game at Norwich who decided the outcome of the title and the Scottish Cup. His goals in the league proved crucial, while his last minute winner secured the double at Hampden last weekend.

Nicolas Kuhn scores on his debut.  Aberdeen v Celtic, Scottish Premiership, 3rd February 2024. Photo Mark Runnacles/Shutterstock

Nicolas Kuhn’s contribution was less remarkable and perhaps Celtic would have been better spending the £3m for Idah in January and bringing Kuhn in on a loan deal.  If that was the case we’d be delighted with the club or the Idah ‘bargain’ and would be debating whether Kuhn has done enough to merit a £3m transfer fee this summer.

Anyway they were correct in saying that the January transfer window would prove pivotal in the destiny of the title, just not in the way that they had hoped. And hats off to Brendan Rodgers for his initiative in recommending Idah as the man who could make the difference.

Last point, wonder who the top earning player will be now that Fabio Silva is away down the road to Wolverhampton to collect his huge Premier League pay-packet. How much did Wolves pay for him? Sometimes there’s a real madness about football transfers.

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