Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed there will be a number of departures from the club in January – but insists that he won’t name any names just yet.
A report today claimed a host of first-team fringe players could be moved on when the transfer window opens in a few weeks with Matt Polster, Jamie Murphy, Greg Docherty and Wes Foderingham all likely to move on.
🎙️ SG: There will be people leaving the football club in the window but I respect my players and won't name any individuals for now. You have to be honest with players and respect them. Unfortunately, we can only pick an 18 man squad.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 19, 2019
Gerrard admits that his respect for his players means he won’t name anyone who is set to leave but admits he has to be “honest” with his squad.
“There will be people leaving the football club in the window but I respect my players and won’t name any individuals for now,” Gerrard said, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.
“You have to be honest with players and respect them. Unfortunately, we can only pick an 18 man squad.”
The likes of Polster, Docherty and Murphy have struggled to force their way into Gerrard’s plans and their departures have seemed inevitable for a while now.
Andy King is another who seems likely to depart after moving north on loan from Leicester City but only making a handful of appearances for the Light Blues.
With bodies moving on, hopefully, Gerrard can use the funds freed up to add a little more quality to his side and bolster his starting XI for the remainder of the season.