In an interview with RangersTV, Steven Gerrard has hinted at imminent bad news for some of his players.
The Gers manager is approaching his second season in charge at Ibrox and has certainly put his own stamp on things. There have been developments both on and off the pitch, and swathes of new playing personnel.
However, naturally, such a significant number of new arrivals means there must also be departures.
A handful of players already look destined for the exit door. None of Jordan Rossiter, Kyle Lafferty, Graham Dorrans, Eros Grezda or Jason Holt, made the plane for the pre-season trip to Portugal, for example.
Yet, it seems others will soon be joining them out in the cold.
“We have naturally got a big squad at the moment so some will drop out and by doing that, the quality will rise as well,” Gerrard told RangersTV when assessing the week in the Algarve.
“That isn’t to say not everyone has quality – it just naturally happens when you have less numbers.”
The manager is clearly hinting here shedding multiple players from his setup. For some, that may mean a drop back to Reserve and Youth team levels, making way for further new signings.
For others, it could spell the end of their time at Ibrox. There were 30 players used in the bounce game against Mansfield, so it’s clear there’s still some trimming to be done.
We will come back to this later on today when we look at which players Gerrard could be referring to.