Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has hinted that some of the club’s top players could be sold this summer if the price is right in a transfer warning to fans.
The likes of Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Glen Kamara, Ianis Hagi and Borna Barisic are routinely linked out of Ibrox and the club have been clear that the business model requires player trading to work for the side.
So far this is one aspect of Rangers which has not been realised in recent seasons and there’s an increasing sentiment that this might be coming sooner rather than later.
But with Champions League qualification on the horizon Rangers boss Gerrard wants to keep his side together – even if he accepts financial incentive means this may be “taken out of my hands”.
“At a club like this, I don’t think it is a secret to say we will get attention for our own players,” said Gerrard [Sky Sports].
“From a selfish point of view I don’t want any of my good players to go but the reality is if the right number lands then that decision might be taken out of my hands.
“I might not like it at the time but it’s where we are as a club.
“In terms of the Champions League, what an opportunity. I see that as something that is very much motivating and exciting.
“But to have a better chance of getting that back for everyone connected to the club then it is important that we keep strengthening as well.”
Gerrard’s comments also come after winger Ryan Kent spoke out about continuing links to the likes of Leeds United in the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side had a reported £10m offer knocked back for Kent last summer and are reportedly lining up an improved £15m bid ahead of next season [Scottish Sun].
Kent is “flattered” to be linked with a move out of Ibrox but it’s the Champions League which once again provides a motivation to stick around in Glasgow.
“It is nice to be linked with other football clubs, other big clubs, but you have got to understand your duty of where you are at,” Kent told Sky Sports.
“For as long as I’m at Rangers I will always give 100 per cent to the football club. I love this place, it has done so much for me so, as long as I am here, my mind is solely focused on Rangers.
“Is the Champions League a motivation? Massive. It’s the biggest stage in club football and to be able to test yourself against the best players and teams in the world would be quite special.”
Both Kent and Gerrard were speaking ahead of the club’s impressive 4-1 win over Old Firm rivals Celtic at Ibrox.
The tricky winger was a joy to behold throughout the match but the Man of the Match went to one player who answered a few of his critics with a telling contribution.