McAvennie makes ‘weird’ transfer claim after Uefa reveal

Frank McAvennie suspects Rangers did not make major moves in the transfer window because of concerns over Financial Fair Play regulations.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic striker has “no doubt” Giovanni van Bronckhorst wanted to sign more players before the deadline earlier this month.

On 2 September, UEFA confirmed that Rangers have been placed on their Financial Fair Play watchlist.

The governing body said the Glasgow club will be “monitored closely” in the upcoming financial period.

The Premier League clubs included on the list are Chelsea, Leicester City, Man City and West Ham.

As quoted by Football Scotland (11 September), former SPL chief executive Roger Mitchell insisted the Gers will need to be “careful” with their recruitment process in light of the news.

When asked if worries about FFP was part of the reason for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s lack of business towards the end of the window, McAvennie told Football Insider: “Of course it was.

I have no doubt that they wanted more players. It’s a weird one. They would’ve liked to get rid of [Connor] Goldson when he wanted to leave but they didn’t have any more centre-halves.

I think him and [John] Souttar will come in. I think he’ll come in and be fighting for a place with Goldson I think it could be a decent partnership.

“They’ve got players there, like Goldson, [Ryan] Kent’s still there and he’s got so much more in his locker.

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