With the January transfer window just around the corner, we’ve had a look at three players who should be loaned out by Rangers in 2022.

A number of players are currently out developing their game elsewhere including Nikola Katic (Hajduk Split), Lewis Mayo (Partick Thistle), Glenn Middleton (St Johnstone) and Ben Williamson (Livingston).

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But we expect several more fringe players to head out during the first few weeks of 2022 after struggling for minutes over the first half of the campaign.

Robby McCrorie

McCrorie has spent most of his senior career out on loan, representing Berwick Rangers, Morton, Queen of the South and Livingston, and another temporary Ibrox exit should be on the cards.

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The 23-year-old has been part of the first-team squad at Ibrox for the first half of the season and performed very well when called upon against Alashkert and Celtic in August.

However, his chances only came because of a Covid outbreak that ruled out both Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin and he’s only made one domestic matchday squad since.

It’s important that Rangers have cover if a similar situation arises during the second half of the season but that can be provided by the likes of Kieran Wright, Andy Firth and Jay Hogarth, while McCrorie heads out to continue his development.

A six-month spell at another Premiership club or a stint in the EFL would do him good.

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Stephen Kelly

Kelly impressed in pre-season and made two substitute appearances early in the season but since then, his only minutes have come for the B team in the SPFL Trust Trophy.

There’s too much competition in midfield right now and if he doesn’t secure a temporary exit he risks effectively wasting a full season.

The 21-year-old starred at Ayr United and did well at Ross County in previous loan stints and a run of games at another top-flight club would give him a chance to prove that he can be a standout performer in the Premiership.

Given that the contracts of several senior midfielders are running down, there could be an opening for him at Ibrox next season if he shines elsewhere during the second half of this campaign.

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Brandon Barker

Steven Gerrard suggested during pre-season that there could be a role for Barker to play at Ibrox this season following a decent loan at Oxford United in early 2021.

However, the 25-year-old hasn’t featured at all so far and has only made one matchday squad.

Rangers will likely be trying to move him on permanently next month.

However, given that his contract is running down and he lacks match fitness, it may be hard to convince another club to pay a fee or to take a gamble on him in general.

Therefore, all parties may have to settle for a loan move elsewhere for the second half of the campaign before the ex-Man City Academy star moves on permanently.

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