Rangers fans fear transfer doom as James Bisgrove exit sees Hotline panic button slammed

Rangers chief executive James Bisgrove
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Rangers CEO James Bisgrove is heading for the exit door at Ibrox for a move to the Saudi Pro League - and it's got the punters talking on the Hotline.

The Rangers chief will take up a new post at newly-promoted Al Qadsiah - but Gordon Ferguson, Kilwinning hopes that the move kickstarts an overhaul at Ibrox with Bisgrove taking a few of the star names with him to the Middle East: "I can only hope Mr Bisgrove takes half of the Rangers team with him on his Saudi holidays. He was never a Rangers man and it's best all round he's gone. We're well rid of."

Graham Taylor, Airdrie was more concerned with a big summer overhaul facing Philippe Clement. He said: "More calamity at Rangers with Bisgrove running at the first opportunity. When are we going to get stability at our club? Huge pressure on us once again going into the summer having to rebuild. It's a shambles from top to bottom. Can Clement fix it? I have my doubts."

William Hutchison, Aberdeen, cried double standard following the announcement: "Rangers fans have a damn cheek. They had a go at Jota leaving Celtic to go to Saudi Arabia for money grabbing but when their CEO decides to do the same it's 'good luck and thank you for your services'.

Barry Ferguson got the punters talking as he urged Rangers to make moves for Motherwell wonderkid Lennon Miller and out of contract Connor Barron, who is inching closer to an Aberdeen exit. But an unimpressed James McCaw emailed: "I wish Barry Ferguson and the likes would stop urging the Old Firm to snap up the emerging young talent from the so called lesser clubs. These young players sometimes then can’t get a game instead of playing regularly where they are. Then you get the same pundits lamenting the lack of competition in the league. Give me a break."

And Peter Galbraith reckons Rangers should be looking closer to home at emerging talent. He said: "Rangers are in the process of spending big money on Mohamed Diomande and Oscar Cortes if they want to keep them at Ibrox. Yet they have a young player who appears to be overlooked by management. Alex Lowry should be given an extended run in the Rangers first team come the new season. He has never been given a proper run in the team."

And across the city punters are also talking transfers - with Adam Idah the top name on the agenda. Stephen Mulhern, Dumbarton, said: "I totally understand Norwich playing hardball with Celtic over Idah with the impact he’s made in Scotland. However Brendan Rodgers should put his thinking cap on with the similarities Mikey Johnston made down south. I think £5million plus Johnston in exchange would be too tempting for Norwich to turn down."

Celtic's Matt O'Riley
Celtic's Matt O'Riley -Credit:SNS Group

The price tag that Celtic could sell Matt O'Riley for has also kept the punters talking - with Paul McCormack, Coatbridge, emailing in: "Imagine Rangers fans crowing about Matt O'Reilly's value after not getting into Denmark squad. You've got to laugh. Did you forget all the 'prize' assets that have walked out the door of you're club for zilch and continue to do so. We'll get plenty for Matt if he leaves, Denmark squad of not."

But Phil Borland remained unconvinced. He said: "The great Matt O'Riley is so great he can't even get a place in the Denmark national squad. Celtic want £20million for him, what a joke that is."

Lyndon Dykes is out of Euro 2024 in a massive blow for Scotland. But Jimmy Murray, Edinburgh, was unfazed by the injury news - insisting there was no excuse for Steve Clarke before he jets off to Germany: "Apart from McGinn and Robertson none of the Scotland squad are anywhere near international class. So Patterson, Hickey and Dykes missing are not going to make the slightest difference. So lets not make the excuse."