Rangers departures imminent following Steven Gerrard comments
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Rangers departures imminent following Steven Gerrard comments

Steven Gerrard has opened up on potential Rangers departures, as quoted by the Daily Record.
There have been a lot of incomings at Ibrox this summer, but outside of Academy talent, not so many outgoings.
The likes of Graham Dorrans, Kyle Lafferty, Eros Grezda and Jason Holt have been linked with the exit door since being left out of the pre-season trip to Portugal last month [Daily Record].

Lafferty’s second stint at the club hasn’t worked out. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, it now looks as though some movement may finally be imminent.
“In terms of outgoings – yes, we’ve had a few enquiries and I predict there will be players going the other way,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“However, it depends on what the players want. I can’t really control whether they want to stay here or find themselves a different challenge. That’s up to the players.

“All I can do is be as respectful as I can, give them as much time as possible and be honest with them in terms of where they stand. I’ve done that. Some respect it, some are maybe not happy, but those are the tough decisions you make as a manager.
“The cash side is more of an aspect for the board and Dave King. I can’t really control that. My job is to build the strongest squad possible to compete on all the fronts but, of course, (player sales) will help.”

Gerrard has had to have frank discussions with multiple players. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s never nice seeing players asked to move on, but with the club bringing in so many new additions, it was inevitable.
The aforementioned players haven’t been involved for the majority of pre-season, and so are already effectively outcasts at Auchenhowie.
Hopefully, just as in the case of Ryan Hardie, the club will get a fee for moving on some players.
Yet, the priority here is trimming down the squad and reducing the wage bill. If a few must leave for free for that to happen, then so be it.

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