Andy Little has warned Ibrox fans that it may be a while before they get to see Micky Beale’s January Galactico/s.
More than three weeks after looking deep into the eyes of prospective signings only Todd Cantwell has been brought to the club with Norwich keen to cut their losses.
Belgian starlet Nicolas Raskin is being targeted but Standard Liege are under no pressure to accept lowball bids from Ross Wilson with the clock ticking down on the transfer window.
A year ago Aaron Ramsey was rushed in but he was sitting in the stand at Celtic Park as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side crumbled in the Glasgow derby on February 2.
On Wednesday Beale takes his side to Tynecastle, almost certainly without any additions to his squad.
Speaking to Little, a hero of the 2013 League Three title win, The Express reports:
The last time Cantwell started a game was against Michael Beale. He was taken off with 20 minutes to go as Norwich drew 0-0 with Queen’s Park Rangers on November 2. He got 20 minutes three days later against Rotherham and then the last 19 in a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough on November 12.
Raskin is in the same boat. He was a regular starter in the first half of the season for Standard Liege but the last time he played for the Belgian side was also over two months ago, getting the full 90 in the 3-2 home defeat by Union Saint-Gilloise – the side Rangers eliminated in the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League back in August.
Little said: “I think the fans will have to be patient because it definitely takes a few games to get up to speed. Players are different and some will adapt quicker.
“But Michael Beale has shown that he is patient. Ben Davies took some time to settle not having played for a long time and suffered a niggling injury and the manager waited until he was ready.
“So I think patience is the key especially when you’re getting a player in of the quality of Cantwell. I can’t see him being thrown in straight away. It will be a case of 20 minutes here and there for the first few weeks anyway.
“Having said that, from what I have heard, training is very intense under Michael Beale so he – and any other signings – can cope with it then they’ll be equipped to get into games.
“However, there is a cup final coming up and any players coming in by the deadline will have that on their calendar as a date they want to be in the starting XI.”
Beale will be delivering upbeat soundbites later today as he previews Saturday’s match at home to St Johnstone.