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David Goodwillie is being chased Scottish giants Rangers and Kilmarnock Rovers after he was releadsed by Blackburn Rovers at the end of last season.
The striker joined Rovers while they were still in the Premier League in August 2011 for a fee of £ 3 million but he failed to make any kind of impact at the club and has turned out to be a very expensive flop for the Lancashire club.
During his stay at Ewood Park, Goodwillie made just 34 appearances, of which only 10 were starts and he scored just five goals in his time at the club.
Rovers had subsequently loaned him out several times and he spent loan spells with Blackpool, Dundee United in Scotland as well as Crystal Palace.
It was during that spell with Dundee United that the Scotsman was first notice by Rangers and now, the fallen giants want to make a move for him and bring him to Ibrox to solve their striker crisis as they look for their third successive promotion.
Blackburn Rovers recently released a statement confirming the departure of the player, announcing his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
And this news fuelled rumors that the Scotland striker could be making his way home again with a move to the Royal Blues being mooted and there have been reports about formal talks taking place between the two parties as well.
Along with Rangers, he has also recently been linked with a move to Kilmarnock Rovers as they look to find a replacement for Kris Boyd who has also seen his name linked with a move to the Gers and Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.
However, it is expected Goodwillie will join the Ibrox club – his boyhood club – and form a strike partnership with Kenny Miller for the team.
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After managing to seal the League One title with several games to spare, Rangers have already started looking at dominating the Scottish championship next season. Promotion almost immediately next campaign will ensure the return to the Premier league at the earliest. Many doubted such a revival from Rangers after the club were demoted to the third division of Scottish football. It has largely been possible because of the transfer policy. Manager Ally McCoist says that he is not prepared to rest on this season’s laurels and the club are planning to invest in the summer.
It will not be easy given that Rangers posted a loss of £ 3.5 million for the season that just concluded. They have had to borrow £ 1.5 million in order to handle the costs till the end of the season. Considering the amount of criticism that the club has been subjected due to the wake of their financial difficulties, it remains to be seen if McCoist will be handed the funds to bring in new players in the summer. He will be aware that the championship will be much difficult with the current crop of players.
Even though Rangers brought in as much as nine players during the last summer, it will be difficult for them to recreate the same number in the summer.
“Operating costs had been running at a rate that could not be sustained by the revenue being generated by the club. For example, in the period under review, nine players were signed at a time when the club already had the second highest wage bill in Scottish football whilst playing in the third tier,” said chairman David Somers.
“We brought players in last year that’s obviously evident. We’ve won the league, are in the final of the Ramsdens Cup, in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and I don’t think we would have achieved that without those players,” said McCoist in response.
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Graham Wallace, the Rangers CEO, has insisted that the club board officials are working towards to develop and protect the elite club for the future generations.
Supporters have backed erstwhile Ibrox director King’s (Dave) call for fans to withhold the season ticket-money till they’re completely assured of Rangers’ position. The club CEO stressed that such steps could prove to be highly damaging for Rangers, after securing around 1.5 million pound of loan.
He further emphasized that Rangers are getting “on track” at the moment, coming out of their short-term challenges. The shareholders Laxey partners and Sandy Easdale have offered credit for the working capital & Wallace had earlier went ahead to assure fans that it’s not any indication of any impending insolvency.
The Scot football club reported around 14 million pounds operating loss over 13 months till last June, post 22 million pounds were raised in share issue of 2012. Last week, King, one of the potential investors in the club during Murray’s ownership, described the present business as “commercially unsustainable in short-term”.
He indicated that his own investment offer in Rangers had been nullified.
“We are aware that Rangers would have investment needs in future yet till we are clear of our past deficiencies & problems, it will be foolish to ask for additional investment”, stated Wallace while speaking on the investment rejections.
“The executive team, board & staffs of Rangers are striving hard to address all the past issues daily but that would take considerable time. There’s just no sort of overnight fix. It will take time to build trust in the official trying hard to manage the club. I do realize that the supporters are skeptic but we would demonstrate improvements being meted out to every aspect of our club- over time.”
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Rangers have revealed that they have instructed manager Ally McCoist to trim the wage bill in order to keep the business going. Rangers have suffered from numerous financial issues in the last few years. They have been relegated to the third division of Scottish football, from where they have been able to promote themselves to the second division in the last 12 months. Despite being in the lower divisions of Scottish football, Rangers continue to have one of the largest wage bills in the country. They also spent a lot of amount on transfers in hope of getting promoted to the first division.
McCoist will not have the same amount of money to spend as he did when the club was in the Premier league. This was once again reiterated by the board, who have revealed that the club’s current wage bill Rangers around £ 7 million. Share price has been continuously dropping since the last year, which is also a major worry for the club. Richard Hughes is one of the strongest amongst the individual shareholders, but he has now sold his 2.2 million shares at the price of around 28p. Just over a year ago, the shares were trading at 70p.
As a result of selling his shares, Hughes is believed to have made more than £ 500,000 profit.
“The CEO Graham Wallace outlined his strategy at the AGM and nothing is going to deflect him from getting Rangers back on an even keel. Graham and Ally are reviewing the football budget, as part of the overall business review and it would be inappropriate at this time to discuss any figures,” said a Rangers spokesman regarding the financial situation at the club. The club recently brought in Philip Nash in order to help the club control the finances.