Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has already started his planning for next season with the signings of Scott Wright, Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Ofoborh but there are almost certain to be a raft of players heading for the Ibrox exit this summer as Gerrard freshens up his squad.

After sealing 55, the Gers will return to the Champions League and that is likely to see some new faces arriving to further improve the quality of the starting XI and push those currently in possession of the jerseys.

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Gerrard will likely face a busy summer preparing for the new campaign(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard and sporting director Ross Wilson are going to have plenty on their hands this summer with preparations for the new campaign as well as Euro 2020 but they are also going to have to make some big decisions about who will move on.

While some players will likely already know their fate ahead of their contracts ending in the summer, others will be in the dark about what the short-term future holds for them and whether they will still be a Rangers player when the summer transfer window shuts.

Here we look at eleven players who could leave Ibrox this summer:

Andy Firth

Keeper is out of contract in the summer and is already behind Allan McGregor and Jon McLauhglin in the pecking order. With Robby McCrorie due to return from loan in the summer, Firth’s Ibrox days look numbered.

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Lewis Mayo

Young defender has spent the season on loan but will find it tough to dislodge Connor Goldson, Fil Helander and Leon Balogun from the side – with Jack Simpson also still to make his mark at Ibrox since his move from Bournemouth. Might go out on loan again but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him move on permanently and Rangers possibly retaining a buy-back clause.

Niko Katic

The Croatian has been on the sidelines since pre-season after suffering a knee injury and simply needs to make up for lost time when it comes to games. A loan move next season before coming back to challenge for his place the year after is the most likely option for the popular defender.

George Edmundson

Edmundson remains popular with Gers fans but was shipped out on loan in January and, like Katic, faces a real fight to get close to the squad for next season. Unlike the Croatian though, Edmundson looks likely to be headed for the exit on a permanent basis if Rangers can find a buyer.

 

Glenn Middleton

The Scotland under-21 star was once flavour of the month at Ibrox but after loan spells with Hibs, Bradford City and St. Johnstone, he’s fighting to save his Rangers career. With only one first-team appearance for the Gers in the last two seasons, Middleton may be allowed to move on and pursue regular football elsewhere.

Bongani Zungu

South African joined Rangers on loan with an option to buy but has struggled to force his way into the starting XI and hasn’t come close to meriting the reported fee needed to make his move permanent. While the Gers aren’t exactly blessed with huge depth in central midfield, Zungu isn’t the answer long-term and will likely return to Amiens.

Glen Kamara

There had to be at least one ‘controversial’ option in there – and that one is Kamara. To be clear, we definitely don’t want to see the Finn leave Ibrox but his performances since moving to Ibrox have continually attracted interest from clubs elsewhere. With the likes of Juventus previously linked with Kamara, Rangers might find it hard to keep hold of Kamara, even if they wanted to keep him in Glasgow

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The Finn has been one of Rangers’ best players this season (Photo by Herman Dingler/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Jamie Barjonas

Barjonas has been on the fringes of the first-team for years but has never quite taken the step to becoming a regular part of the squad. Currently on loan at Ayr and with his contract up in the summer, Barjo looks destined for the Ibrox exit door and a new start as he looks to cement himself as a first-team player.

Jordan Jones

Jones arrived at Ibrox with plenty of hopes for his future but it hasn’t gone well for the Northern Irish international. A red card on his Old firm debut and an injury that left him sidelined for months keft him fighting for his future. A Covid breach looked to finish him as a Rangers player and a loan move to Sunderland followed in January. Linked with a £600k move to the Black Cats this summer.

Greg Stewart

Rangers fans is a popular figure with fans but has never really had much game-time at Ibrox to show what he can really do. Another who is out of contract in the summer and it seems likely he’ll move on with a raft of strikers ahead of him in the pecking order. Might get a chance in the final weeks of the season but it’ll be little more than a farewell tour from the former Aberdeen, Dundee and Kilmarnock star.

Jermain Defoe

The veteran added the one thing that has eluded him in his illustrious career – a league winner’s medal – and insists he wants to continue playing next season but it seems unlikely Rangers will offer him a new contract. He could still stick around at Ibrox but if he wants to bring the curtain down on his career with regular minutes, he is going to have to look for a new club.

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