Verdicts on the 9 Rangers players out of contract at end of the season
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Verdicts on the 9 Rangers players out of contract at end of the season

We’ve taken a look at the nine Rangers players who are set to be out of contract at the end of the season and provided verdicts on their Ibrox futures.

Allan McGregor

McGregor has been a consistently brilliant performer since his return to Ibrox in 2018 and his reflexes are as sharp as ever.

He’s set to turn 40 in just a few months’ time, though, and isn’t the sort of character to play on for the sake of it if the motivation is no longer there. This is likely to be his last season.

Allan McGregor is likely to retire at the end of the season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jon McLaughlin

McLaughlin has barely put a foot wrong since signing a two-year contract with the Gers in the summer of 2019.

His increased playing time during the early part of this season suggests that the coaching staff are preparing him to graduate to Ibrox no.1 when McGregor hangs up the gloves. A new deal is likely.

Andy Firth

Firth has made just one Rangers appearance since being plucked from English non-league football by Gerrard in January 2019.

Few would have backed him to land the year-long extension he did last season but it’s clear that he’s considered a great personality to have around the group. Possible that he’ll be given another deal depending on the wider goalkeeping situation.

Connor Goldson

A colossus at the back for a number of seasons, Goldson is very dependable, robust and would be extremely difficult to replace. He has to be the priority for Ross Wilson.

There’s a chance that the Englishman wants a proper crack at the Premier League but an extension should be doable if the Gers push the boat out.

Goldson is one of several high-profile Rangers players set to be out of contract in the summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Leon Balogun

At 33, Balogun is coming to the back end of his career but still has pace, versatility and has made it through the early stages of this season injury-free.

If Goldson leaves he will almost certainly be given an extension, but if Goldson stays, some big performances may be required over the coming weeks and months to earn another year.

Steven Davis

Rangers have often looked directionless whenever without the outstanding Davis since his return in 2019, but the recent performances of John Lundstram in a central role bring hope for the future.

The Ulsterman will soon be 37, which is a ridiculous age for a player in his position, but he shows little sign of slowing down. Every chance he stays for another season.

Scott Arfield

Arfield has been a reliable performer under Gerrard but has slipped down the pecking order this season.

At 32, he should still have plenty of time left in the game but it’ll be tough to earn an extension if he isn’t given minutes on the pitch. Could be his last season.

Scott Arfield’s future is uncertain. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brandon Barker

Based on training content provided by the club, Barker is fit and available, but he’s only made one matchday squad all season.

It’s unlikely that the winger will see out the entirety of his contract, with a departure in the January transfer window looking nailed on.

Jermain Defoe

39-year-old Defoe has a strong goalscoring record at Rangers but is now clearly behind Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Fashion Sakala in the pecking order.

He almost certainly won’t be at Ibrox in a playing capacity next season but could move from his current player/coach role to a coaching-only position.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers star is set to return to Ibrox very soon.

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