Ross Wilson has called out Dave King over his claim two years ago that the Ibrox playing squad was worth £200m.
The Ibrox Sporting Director sat in silence at that point, happy to go along with the moonbeam stories that had Alfredo Morelos valued at £30m with clubs lining up bids of £20m for Ryan Kent, Glen Kamara, Borna Barisic and James Tavernier with a £500,000 bid also being suggested for Ryan Jack.
Two years down the line seven first team players are weeks away from being able to sign pre-contract agreements with very little value in the squad that Micky Beale has inherited.
The former QPR boss has been given the same promises as Giovanni van Bronckhorst a year ago but will have to be creative and realistic when the January transfer window opens
Covering an exchange at Monday’s AGM, The Sun reports:
The fan asked: “It took a record player sale to take us into a profit. This shows how important the trading model is. Last year figures were given around squad value. Can we have an updated one this year?”
Wilson said: “That was a number last given by previous chairman Mr King without any science behind it. I wouldn’t do that as it’s a figure out the air and that’s not how to address shareholders.”
Back in December 2020, King said: “I get a value from [sporting director] Ross Wilson, I think I stated it at the last AGM, and I think it’s certainly gone up since then.
“If you were to give me a figure, I’d say it could even be as high as £200m, if you take the total squad.”
The Nathan Patterson windfall in January paid off the costs of a dispute with Sports Direct, the £4.9m transfer surplus from the summer was eaten up by paying off van Bronckhorst and compensating QPR.