Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has had to deal with a bloated squad throughout his first season in charge at Ibrox as he deals with the legacy left by his predecessors – but the Gers boss could axe a full team of players over the summer.
The Gers boss has already signed Jordan Jones to a pre-contract with the Northern Irishman arriving in the summer and there will almost certainly be more new arrivals to follow.
But Gerrard will really need to clear the decks and free up some funds to give him the space needed to bring in the quality needed to really push Celtic.
With a handful of loan players also set to return to their parent clubs, the Ibrox squad could look very different when they take to the pitch for the first game of next season.
Here we look at the team of players that could find themselves heading for the Ibrox exit:
Former number one has been understudy to Allan McGregor this season and his long-term prospects don’t look great at Rangers. Fod could still win a reprieve but with a host of keepers on the books and the former Swindon star not playing then it won’t be a shock if he moves on this summer.
A surprise signing when he joined the Gers last summer, Gerrard’s former team-mate has struggled to make any impact at Ibrox and has been used to fill gaps more than anything. He still has a year left on his contract so could stick around for another season but game-time is likely to be limited for him.
The veteran defender has barely featured and is almost certain to leave when his contract ends next month. His experience has likely been a boost behind-the-scenes but there’s little chance of getting another season with his boyhood heroes.
Two appearances this season and injury-prone. Former skipper has served Rangers well over the last eight years but it’s time to part and move on. Contract up in the summer and no sign he’ll be offered a renewal.
Maltese international has become a forgotten man at Ibrox and has spent this season on loan in his homeland. The former Man City kid impressed after first coming into the first-team but hasn’t kicked on enough to cement a place and will almost certainly exit when his deal ends in the summer.
The veteran midfielder has struggled with injuries over the last 18 months and it might just suit everyone if he moves on. There’s still a quality player in there but keeping him fit seems to be an issue. If he’s over his problems then he could get another chance but his fitness will play a huge part in determining if he has a future.
Totally out of the picture under Gerrard and spent the season on loan with Fleetwood Town. Another who still has a year on his contract but there doesn’t seem to be any way back for the midfielder and a move this summer seems to be the most obvious answer.
One of two young midfielders who have gone out on loan and impressed this season but with a wealth of options ahead of him, Gerrard may decide to allow Doc to move on. His time at Shrewsbury has really helped him find his feet but it’s hard to see him forcing his way into the starting XI any time soon.
Like Docherty, Rossiter has done well out on loan with Bury but there’s a feeling that his chance at Ibrox has passed him by after his injury hell. Another who has bags of talent but just hasn’t had the break needed. There’d be few complaints if he stays at Ibrox but with only a year left on his contract, it might just be that the club decides to move him on.
Shown little glimpses of what he can do but struggles with injury and consistency have done the Albania international no favours. Gerrard may decide to give him another shot but the Gers have a number of options already on the flanks and Grezda hasn’t shown enough to be considered to be near the front of the queue. Pre-season will be massive for him.
Should never have been brought back in the first place. The striker has been a disappointment since re-signing from Hearts last summer. Now fallen out of the picture and behind Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe for a starting place. If Rangers can recoup anything for the Ulster Gazelle then they should jump at it.