Rangers were far more active than their bitter rivals and title holders Celtic in the summer transfer window as Steven Gerrard looked to usher in a new era at Ibrox.
The Liverpool icon knew he needed a higher calibre of player through the door to bridge the gap and the club delivered, bringing in a host of new faces to overhaul the squad.
By contrast, across town, Brendan Rodgers missed out on John McGinn during a faltering window which saw the Bhoys fail to build on their recent success and kick on.
That has led to the emergence of a title race closer than Scotland has seen in recent years; so tight that both clubs’ respective January business is going to have a major say in the destination of the coveted trophy.
On that score, Rangers look to be ahead again. Gerrard has already engineered a reunion with former England team-mate Jermain Defoe on an 18-month loan deal and brought club hero Steven Davis back to Ibrox on a temporary basis as well.
Planning has already begun for the future, with pre-contract agreements now in place for Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara to arrive at the end of the season.
Oliver Burke is a coup across town for Celtic, but the behind the scenes operation does not look as smooth and if that trend continues, it is only a matter of time before Rangers eclipse their neighbours on the field too.