Ryan Jack has been tipped to put pen to paper to a new Rangers deal, not a surprise, but one that has a knock-on effect.
If the Gers gaffer wants to transform his squad, he can’t just re-sign players and hope for different results.
Kieran Dowell has, if reports are accurate, agreed terms and passed a medical so, this leaves the midfield looking stronger already.
Jack’s status as a home grown midfielder always put him in a strong position and playing over 30 games this season probably, just about, earns him a new deal.
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This leaves doubts hanging over the heads of Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara and John Lundstram.
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Even though Arfield is also a home grown player, we already have plenty of options in his position with Alex Lowry back and Tom Lawrence also set to return.
For Lundstram and Kamara, their days at Rangers could be numbered.
They aren’t specialists at either end of the park.
They don’t produce decent numbers and they don’t offer the defence any real protection either.
This isn’t to say that a club playing with a three-man midfield wouldn’t benefit from either player, they just don’t suit how Michael Beale wants to play now.
Lundstram, ironically, has looked a lot better in recent games but, after this season, that’s not really saying much.
Michael Beale needs some specialists in his squad, not every player can be a hybrid or flexible.
Defensive midfield is one, a goal-scoring winger or number ten is another and an out-and-out number nine who can link play and find the net is a priority.
The good thing is, both Lundstram and Kamara would command a fee and even if Rangers fans don’t rate them, there will be plenty of teams that do.
Both have enough good performances to their name, especially in Europe, for Rangers to persuade others to part with decent cash.
As for Jack, it looks like he has avoided the cull.