It’s something that rival supporters like to throw in Rangers fans' faces because it’s an easy apparent point scoring to make, ‘You’s haven’t spent anything cos you’s are skint.’

That’s not anywhere close to being correct and here’s why: Rangers have spent millions of pounds to be in this position and it’s taken three years to do it.

There are a number of factors for this but the main one is simple - financially we are no longer able to spend £30m in one summer. 

Instead, the rebuild of this team had to be staggered.

That is what Rangers have done.

So when Steven Gerrard arrived in the summer of 2018, he had to prioritise his signings and begin his very own revolution.

The message was it would take many windows and lots of hard work - it would never be done instantly or easily.

We spent close to £7m on a new defence, Connor Goldson, Niko Katic and Borna Barisic arrived and they remain vital to the squad.

Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield arrived on free transfers, supplemented by loans, one being the special arrival of Ryan Kent from Liverpool. Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Jermain Defoe would also arrive later in the season for a combined fee of £50k.

The following summer, Filip Helander and Ryan Kent would arrive for £10m. Two massive outlays but again two players who are still mainstays of the team. Joe Aribo also arrived for a cross border fee of £300,000. Those three remain massive for our club.

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Others, such as Greg Stewart, Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker would arrive for free and pad the squad giving it appropriate depth.

Then, as Rangers primed themselves for a serious assault to bring home 55, they spent big on Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten - close to £7m again. Ianis Hagi also arrived bringing summer spending close to £10m for the third season running.

As the title was sealed Rangers have been able to bring in John Lundstram, Jack Simpson, Nnamdi Ofoborh, Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala all for free or a very small token fee. But the process has taken the guts of £30m spent before we can even get to this stage.

Without this outlay, our team would never have improved to the level we are at now, where we can cherry pick the best talents from the Bosman market and offer them the platform to perform on. It's the best part of twenty million pounds worth of talent all here for free or very little outlay.

That has taken years of spending, years of planning and recruiting a director of football able to take us onto the next level.

Mark Allen started everything and put in a good system, but he was a bridge to Ross Wilson who has taken it on again further.

In Wilson, we have an extremely shrewd operator who has shown his value in not only operating in the incoming market, but also the outgoing one with around £1m brought in for George Edmundson just this week. Gone are the ‘Martin Bain days’ where we paid people to leave.

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So as I have outlined, those wishing to throw the old, ‘You are skint’ line at Rangers are ignoring the facts to suit a narrative that makes no sense.

The boardroom of Rangers, much derided in parts of the press and Scottish football, deserve the upmost credit because they had a vision and a football plan which they have delivered and backed appropriately, to the point where they have funded losses to put the club in this position.

That is something the fans not only appreciate but respect massively. The board are heroes just as big as anyone on the pitch because they are fans that led the revival back to the summit of Scottish football.

And that is where Rangers are now. Gone are the days of climbing through the leagues and embarrassing results becoming normality.

Here is Rangers Football Club, the champions of Scotland with a squad full of assets that European football is watching - Kamara, Kent, Morelos, Hagi to name but a few.

Here is Rangers Football Club, beating Real Madrid in glamour friendlies, readying themselves for a crack at the lucrative Champions League and the defence of a title that will take us straight into the promised land.

Those that like to deride us and tell themselves that we are still the Rangers of 2017 are not only lying to themselves but setting themselves for a massive fall, because if double Champions League qualification is achieved, it will really set this club up to be in the most envious of positions in our national game.

So if you are consoling yourself by saying we are skint then you are ignoring all of the above to comfort yourself with a false position.

Here is our club - a board of directors with a plan, a management team with a plan, a commercial department and footballing department thriving after years of planning.

We haven’t spent big this summer because we have a model in place to do our business smartly and quietly. If a big special player does become available, then we are positioned to go and get him.

Our club doesn’t need to spend millions because here is a club that have spent years building toward this moment, here is a club that had a vision and executed it perfectly.

Here is Rangers Football Club, champions of Scotland and very much ready to go again.