Eleven Rangers players who could depart Ibrox this summer
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Eleven Rangers players who could depart Ibrox this summer

Rangers have wasted little time in adding reinforcements this month with the signing of James Sands and the pre-contract for John Souttar – but there is plenty of room for departures at Ibrox.

While there isn’t likely to be much in the way of exits this month beyond some youngsters heading out on loan, the summer could see a host of players depart.

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A new manager is always likely to want to put his own stamp on the club and the timing has worked out pretty well for Gio.

Some will leave at the end of their contracts while some could be sold but it seems inevitable there will be a host of ins and outs at Ibrox this summer.

Here’s the XI that could leave Rangers this summer – or even earlier – as Gio van Bronckhorst reshapes his squad:

Allan McGregor

The veteran keeper continues to perform but the inevitable day he calls it quits is drawing ever closer and it may well come this summer. McGregor is out of contract at the end of the season and it wouldn’t be a surprise is he decides to retire this summer.

Leon Balogun

Nigerian international Balogun has proven a more-than-capable stop-gap after his surprise move to Ibrox at the start of last season. At 33 just now, Balogun isn’t getting any younger and is likely to be moved on in the summer when his contract ends.

Connor Goldson

The least surprising name on the list. Goldson’s contract situation is well documented and it seems unlikely the defender will remain a Rangers player beyond the summer

Niko Katic

The Croatian is so far out of the picture at Ibrox, his squad number has been reallocated to new signing James Sands. His loan spell in his homeland has done nothing to show he has a future at Ibrox and a summer exit appears a shoo-in.

Borna Barisic

While Barisic appeared to say his goodbyes to Rangers fans during the last transfer window, the Croatian stuck around but has continued to be linked with moves away from the club. If the price is right this summer, it could make sense to let the left-back move on.

Steven Davis

Like McGregor, Northern Ireland international Davis is nearing the end of his playing days and is out of contract in the summer. While Gio van Bronckhorst may look to keep the most-capped male British footballer in history around a little longer, he may just decide to call it quits.

Scott Arfield

The Canada international has been linked with a move to Turkey this month but it is unlikely he’ll be allowed to move on this month. With his contract ending in the summer, there’s no sign of a renewal on the table yet so GvB may be prepared to let him go at the end of the season.

Juninho Bacuna

No harm to the guy but his signing has been a waste of time. Moving him on in the summer (or this month) would make a lot of sense.

Brandon Barker

Barker was one of a raft of wingers signed early in Steven Gerrard’s reign and has been a fringe player during his time at the club. Reported hefty wages have made it hard to move him on but it is clear his Rangers career is over.

Jake Hastie

Like Barker but on lower wages. Several loan moves have done nothing to help Hastie’s case and he’s going to face a fight to kickstart his career after struggling at Partick, Motherwell and Rotherham.

Ianis Hagi

There’s no doubting the Romanian’s talent but trying to find a spot in the Rangers team for him proves harder and harder. A good bid for the Rangers number 7 might just tempt the Gers to part with him and use the money to strengthen elsewhere in the squad.

Meanwhile, Rangers are right to retain Old Firm allocations despite social media complaints

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