Rangers' hopes of retaining their Scottish Premier League title next season will be in the balance without new faces at Ibrox, according to John MacMillan, general secretary of the Rangers Supporters Association.
Light Blues boss Walter Smith conceded that the SPL champions could start the season without a single new addition to the squad which lost former captain Barry Ferguson to Birmingham over the weekend for a fee of £1.25million.
With another two-horse SPL race set to begin next month, MacMillan believes that without fresh blood, similar domestic success next season for Rangers is far from guaranteed while he holds out little hope of progress out of the Champions League group stages.
“We don't expect to see any signings but that doesn't make it acceptable,” he said.
“It is very disappointing, but I can see the reasons behind it.
“We have players on long-term contracts whom we can't get rid of.
“I don't believe Rangers would be difficult to deal with, but it is quite obvious that there are players at Ibrox that no-one wants.
“So it's a bit worrying for the fans.
“I would hope the squad would be good enough to win the SPL again, but it remains to be seen.
“Celtic are spending and strengthening and they will be very formidable opposition.
“There are still a lot of good players at the club but maybe we need to get a bit more flair into the team to help Pedro Mendes and Steve Davis.”