A week on from my last column and I was hoping for something meaty to discuss but it’s all quiet on the western front. Barely even a rumour, contract renewal or even a sighting of Alan Smith in Homebase. 

Ross Wilson was spotted in Glasgow airport on Monday morning flying out and my Spidey-senses were tingling - 'Is this it'? Who knows as nothing came of it, he could have been going on a day trip to Harry Potter World. I really need to get better airport spies as they didn’t even follow him to see where he was going, not even a departure gate tp speak of. Rookie mistake. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still relaxed and enjoying the break, it’s a nice chance to get our bearings after such a momentous season. I’m also a firm believer that there is plenty of time to do our business and in a summer where it’s more important to get quality over quantity then we have to be shrewd in our business. 

Of course, players have been away on international duty and summer holidays so I suspect towards the end of the month we will see a lot more business. But it's here’s where I’d like to sound a note of caution. Rangers have had tremendous financial income this season and perhaps may even reach record highs. Management departure money, Nathan Patterson sale money and European income mean we will likely be in a better position financially. 

Stewart Robertson even boasted Europa run had brought more money than the Champions League and that’s fine but I believe it leads to unfair expectations. I’ve seen crazy amounts being mentioned as transfer budgets and I just don’t think it’s possible. 

We have to remember that we have considerable outgoings, previous transfer money to be settled, even possibly Edmiston House costs.  In Scottish football it's always going to be a battle to make financial progress. It’s simply not as easy as ‘great let’s spend it all on transfers’. 

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I’m the first to admit to not being a financial wizard and I suppose I sit on the side of caution. I’m just not expecting wild sums the way some on social media are.

Realistically, I’d love a few faces in worth £2-4m each and a spend of around £6-8m.  Now, I had mentioned £10-12m previously but I’ve talked myself down to a smaller number in just a few weeks with a calmer thought process. That means it’s a tough market and why we have to take our time and be sure. Again though, I sit on the side of caution and I’m no financial expert so we’ll see how it all pans out. 

But those players have to hit the mark, we don’t need another squad filler, another striker of the same level as outgoing Cedric Itten. We need starters, game-changers, guys who bring numbers and make a difference. On a budget, that’s so difficult but it's what we have to do. 

I predict as things get towards the final weeks of the month, business will begin to hot up and we’ll start seeing the signs of incoming players. Of course, we might have more, we might spend more and if we do it would be sensational and exciting. I certainly hope for that but it’s a market we must get right. I’ve absolutely no doubt that things are happening behind the scenes and people are hard at work. 

So let’s see what the next few weeks bring. International football just isn’t the same. I proudly watch out for all our home nations and hope they do well but I can take it or leave it really. I want Scotland to do well but it doesn’t grip me the way Rangers does. 

That’s my next concern though - Rangers players on international duty. Joe Aribo playing a 70-game season is crazy and no doubt a huge factor in him sustaining his form. I hope we are in a position to offer them a good break before we head to the Portuguese training camp in the first week of July. I don’t know if two weeks is enough rest but you have to hope it is. The plus side is not a lot of fitness will be lost in the break but it’s a lot on anyone's body and mind to play so many games. 

So there it is, even in the close season and even in a relaxed state, I am still mulling over Rangers news. It’s almost a month since the Scottish Cup was lifted and that remains the platform we must build upon. For all the caution and encouragement that we can relax for now at lack of business, I will completely concur with anyone that says we must act in the transfer market. 

I absolutely agree we need that freshness and some new faces. We have a platform, we have a grounding now to grow from that. It’s imperative that we get this window completely spot on otherwise we face the danger of being left behind. 

You never know, what we get may be a nice surprise indeed. That’s life at Rangers. Even when it’s boring, it’s never really boring is it?