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Old Firm managers’ comments underline contrasting fortunes in transfer market

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Old Firm managers’ comments underline contrasting fortunes in transfer market

Steven Gerrard is close to concluding his January business, while Brendan Rodgers is keen for more before the end of the month.

Steven Gerrard has enjoyed a productive transfer window with Rangers, bringing in Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe, while already securing pre-contract agreements for Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara.

He is reportedly close to securing Matt Polster – a player he knows well from the MLS – and that could be the end of his winter business.

He said: “I don’t want to say a definite ‘no’ as something might happen in the coming weeks. But, at the moment, our business will be where it is now. Things can change – there may be one more signing but don’t be surprised if there’s not.”

 

By contrast, across town, Brendan Rodgers endured an underwhelming summer window and has since brought in some promising loan players – most notably Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke – but still wants more this month.

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He said: “There will be movement both ways between now and the end of the window. There will be players that go out to find game time. Hopefully we can do some more business as well.”

Rangers have done early and impressive business and are now at the stage of integrating those players into their squad, ready for a renewed assault on the title.

Meanwhile, Celtic have not significantly improved from the summer and are still scratching around for players.

Rangers are trying to close the gap on the pitch but are already ahead off it in terms of backing their manager in the market and getting deals done early.

 

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