Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been clear heading into next season that the club’s transfer priorities this window centre around quality over quantity.
With a Champions League qualification campaign on the horizon, Rangers want to bolster their side with high-end additions, building from a position of strength.
So far, the club has managed to retain its biggest assets whilst also adding quality additions through the likes of Fashion Sakala and John Lundstram.
The squad has also been bulked up with the additions of Nnamdi Ofoborh and Jack Simpson from Bournemouth.
But as the squad swells to almost 40 names, there are also bound to plenty of exits with Rangers’ transfer window certainly not done yet.
Here, we analyse who might be leaving and where Rangers can improve in their hunt to secure the £30m+ riches of the Champions League group stage.
Rangers Squad 21/22
As you can see by this graphic, there are 37 players we’ve counted as part of the Rangers squad this season.
Of that – and excluding the threat of our biggest players leaving the club – we count 10 of those as being likely to leave via transfer or on loan.
Of the 27 who remain, we have identified two main areas where Rangers could potentially improve ahead of next season.
A versatile wide attacker who can play on the left or right would be a welcome addition to the squad at Champions League level, with the club light at this level.
We certainly have good options behind the striker between the likes of Ryan Kent, Ianis Hagi, Fashion Sakala, Kemar Roofe, Joe Aribo and Scott Wright, but we’ve perhaps yet to find that natural player off the right.
That deep-lying playmaker role also remains rather light. Steven Davis is a quality operator but at 36 is certainly not getting any younger.
For continuity and backup, it’s important this area is filled, even if the likes of traditionally box-to-box midfielder John Lundstram could deputise.
There have been calls for Stephen Kelly to remain at the club for the season but being so young, he is perhaps not the answer to filling us out with quality ahead of the CL campaign.
Interestingly, two main reported targets turn out in these positions.
Fenerbahce winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, 23, has been linked all summer long whilst Dutch midfield playmaker Joey Veerman, 22, is another quality addition discussed in the press.
Any other moves may well depend on what happens with those “in-demand assets” who’ve all been linked with moves away at some point in the window.
If the likes of Alfredo Morelos or Connor Goldson leave, then supporters will also undoubtedly expect suitable replacements, beyond just bolstering the two areas discussed above.
In conclusion, we’re certainly almost there and for me are two additions away from the full complement, providing those ten names on the fringes move on.
But much of this will depend on who leaves the club this summer as some of the Gers’ most prominent talents are linked with moves away.
The contract situation surrounding one of the club’s main senior players is fast becoming the elephant in the room amid links elsewhere.