16 Jan Weir happy with transfer business
Rangers are already content with their January transfer business after securing their top two targets, according to assistant manager David Weir.
Weir claimed more arrivals were “possible” but declared himself happy to have completed the loan signings of Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman ahead of Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash against Motherwell.
“Jon and Emerson were the main targets,” Weir said. “We tried to do that relatively quickly, which we have done. As it stands, we are relatively happy.
“They are both very talented footballers and we are lucky to have them here. We are fortunate their clubs have trusted us to take them and aid their development.”
Arsenal midfielder Toral cut short a LaLiga spell with Granada to make Rangers his latest loan posting following earlier stints with Birmingham and Brentford, where he worked with Weir and Gers boss Mark Warburton. Hyndman, a 20-year-old United States international, joined from Bournemouth months after leaving Fulham for the Premier League.
“Jon is creative, he is a goalscorer, fundamentally he is a good footballer,” Weir said, “He will adjust to the style we play. He has played in our style before. He has been successful in the English Championship, he has played abroad, he is an Arsenal player still and will be for the future.
“Eddie Howe is very good trusting us with Emerson. He is very talented, went for a lot of money in the summer, and he has come because the style we play is similar to the style Bournemouth play. That’s a massive advantage.”
The loan signings allow Rangers to strengthen their squad without making major financial outlays. Former Rangers manager Walter Smith last week called for the Ibrox board to take a financial risk to cut the gap on Celtic but Weir understands that is not possible.
“It’s a gradual process,” said Weir, who was back in Glasgow following his team’s 4-0 friendly defeat by RB Leipzig in Germany on Sunday.
“Money plays its part. You look at Leipzig, they have obviously spent a lot of money from the pitch to the training ground to the stadium and obviously to their players. They have done it very quickly but a massive amount of investment.
“We have not got that level of investment so we have to do it with smaller steps.
“We have got to look to improve as we go and I think we have done that. Over the last 18 months we have improved, we are going in the right direction.
“But when you have 8,000 fans travelling to watch a friendly it outs you under more pressure, and it’s a good pressure. That makes it different because so many people care about it and want it to happen yesterday.
“It’s difficult because of the money that’s around elsewhere. The English market is inflated and then you have a Chinese market that is challenging that. Spending money doesn’t guarantee you anything.”
Weir was speaking at Ibrox, where a Rangers Youth Development Company brick panel had been named in his honour.
And he insists the youth ranks can help the club bridge the financial gap on Celtic and potential European opponents.
“You look at our under-20 game last week, we had 17-year-olds playing, a 15-year-old playing, 16-year-olds playing,” he said.
“And that’s the only way we can do it. They have to challenge themselves, play against older players and more experienced players and learn quickly to become players who are capable of playing for Rangers.
“There are no shortcuts, there is no quick fix, it’s just a matter of continually being challenged and rising to that challenge and enjoying that challenge.
“If they are good enough they will play.”