Grim reality settled over Ibrox on Wednesday as the smirk of Jon Dahl Tomasson returned to bloody Scandinavia.
The Malmo boss had touched on the elephant in the room on Monday night, 24 hours later 10 of his players exposed the limitations of Steven Gerrard and his playing squad to devastating effect. The hangover could be devastating.
Now the Ibrox hierarchy have to contemplate the season ahead without the sanctuary of over £20m direct from UEFA and the chance to screw punters into the ground with a three match Champions League package of tickets.
— Glasgow Times Football (@GT_Football_) August 11, 2021
The article above isn’t from a wishful Celtic blog hoping that Malmo’s success will trigger a re-run of the 2011/12 season of ice cream and jelly.
Chris Jack is as loyal and true as they come. He was first out of the blocks with a book to mark last season’s title fluke with the club endorsing it.
The big problem now for the Ibrox club is that transfer guru Ross Wilson has no track record for selling players. Over four windows he has brought in around £500,000 shifting dross like Greg Docherty, Young McCrorie and Jamie Murphy.
With losses of £2m a month going mainly on payroll shifting £20m worth of players would be very welcome. Finding buyers will be quite a challenge in a depressed market for dubious goods.
One trophy out of nine isn’t much of a selling point for Gerrard’s heroes, losing home and away to Malmo will be the first reference point for any prospective buyer.
If players can’t be moved on other drastic measures will have to be considered with Sports Direct in the background, Dave King due £5m by the end of October and the Scottish Government demanding monthly cash flow reports to satisfy the terms of their £3.2m interest free loan.
The good news for Ibrox fans is that Ryan Jack is expected to resume full training in 7-10 days after successfully undergoing knee suregery in March. John Lundstram is expected to start Friday’s League Cup tie against Dunfermline.