The fringe men who could've left in the summer
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The fringe men who could've left in the summer

As much of a success as the transfer window was, there’s three players Steven Gerrard forgot to let go.

An incredible overhaul seen a total of 15 fresh faces come through the door at Ibrox. This signalled the start of the Gerrard revolution at Rangers, and many fans are pleased with the acquisitions.

Yet, equally as impressive was how Gerrard disposed of some of the fringe men. Carlos Pena, Fabio Cardoso, and Bruno Alves are all examples of players who left the club that weren’t fan-favourites.

But looking at the squad as it stands, there are still three there that should’ve left for pastures new.

Here are those three players who should’ve left the club over the summer:

Lee Wallace

Lee Wallace was guilty of arguing with Graeme Murty last season (Getty Images)

It perhaps wasn’t for the lack of trying, but Lee Wallace should’ve been punted.

The club did try and off-load the former Hearts wing-back back to his former club. Yet, Hearts rejected the offer as they didn’t want to lose star-man Kyle Lafferty.

There’s no doubting if Rangers pulled off the cash-plus-player deal, it would’ve been best for all parties. It didn’t help Wallace that his only appearance this season was to come on seconds before Motherwell’s equaliser at Fir Park.

The Scottish international hasn’t played regularly for Rangers since falling out with the club last season. An argument with former manager Graeme Murty and the side that lost 4-0 to Celtic at Hampden last year ended in disarray. Wallace was subsequently fined, and he was also stripped of the captaincy this term.

With Borna Barisic and Jon Flanagan capable in Wallace’s role, it appears time is up for the left-back. A move this summer would’ve been ideal, but a move in January would be the right way forward.

Jordan Rossiter

Jordan Rossiter just hasn’t been able to stay injury-free during his time at Rangers (Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

The signing of Jordan Rossiter has been an unmitigated disaster. Arriving from Liverpool to much hype, the midfielder has been plagued by injuries since joining.

Even as you read this article, Rossiter still sits out with yet another knock. This has led to just 11 appearances in over two years at the club.

The former Liverpool prodigy arrived under Mark Warburton, but just doesn’t have the fitness to keep up at Ibrox.

Rangers are now filled with numbers in the midfield area. Ovie Ejaria, Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack, and Lassana Coulibaly are all first choices. After them Graham Dorrans and Andy Halliday are available on stand-by.

Rossiter won’t be on pennies, and Gerrard could be forgiven for wanting to give him a chance this season. But, in truth, it was never going to work out, and he should’ve left the club in the summer.

Ross McCrorie

Ross McCrorie has been a peripheral figure under Steven Gerrard (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Before Rangers fans start laughing their head off, this isn’t a deal that should’ve been permanent. Instead, young McCrorie could’ve done with spending six months to a year on loan elsewhere to continue his development.

Even at this early stage, it’s clear McCrorie isn’t a key figure in Gerrard’s plans for now. The youngster is only 20 years old, and has plenty of time to make his mark in the side.

But his standout moment this season was getting sent off against St Mirren. The manager has played McCrorie six times this season, but he remains nowhere near first-choice.

Gerrard has added so much quantity and quality to his midfield, that McCrorie has been pushed back slightly. His development, however, needs to continue at the pace it was.

Getting him out on loan, similarly to Jason Holt, would’ve been ideal. Jak Alnwick also got a loan opportunity down in England’s League One.

This should’ve been the same for McCrorie. Instead, he’s having to largely sit on the bench and see his development stall.

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