Rangers’ loan players have certainly made a difference this season, but another batch are set to give Steven Gerrard a big headache.
As it stands, the Gers currently have six players coming back from loan spells at the end of the season. Two will be back in January – Carlos Pena and Jak Alnwick. The rest of them are Greg Docherty, Ryan Hardie, Eduardo Herrera, Joe Dodoo, Lee Hodson, and Jason Holt.
If we were all to be honest, not many of these players have Ibrox futures anymore. Docherty will fancy his chances of breaking into Gerrard’s side next season, and he’ll be given his shot.
Outside of him, you can’t realistically say any of them will be breaking through at Ibrox. This therefore leaves the Rangers manager with a big summer headache in a bid to find clubs for the majority if not all of them.
He may be inclined to keep Alnwick as a number three, but Hardie, Herrera, Dodoo, Hodson, and Holt are likely to be shifted. If the club could get these talents off the wage bill, it would be a seriously impressive feat.
Players are on good money
Many of these players will be on good money at Ibrox. They won’t have signed contracts for pennies. The likes of Hodson, Dodoo, Herrera, and Pena were all big signings at their time of arrival. Their contracts are likely to be holding tasty wages, and getting that money back would be ideal for the club.
Gerrard has now built a Rangers squad with more depth than most can remember. In each position there is fierce competition for places, and nobody is guaranteed anything. Adding all of these loan players back into the squad will just make it bloated with too many players who can’t perform.
You also have the likes of Jordan Rossiter still at the club who could do with being shifted on.
The Rangers manager will do all he can to improve the squad in January, but this could involve trying to get flops out of the club. Considering how bad some of those loan-players’ reputations are, however, that will be a tricky task.
It’s easy to forget the likes of Pena and Herrera are still currently on the Ibrox payroll. Both players have offered nothing in Glasgow as well as one or two of their other loanees.
Hopefully, for the squad’s sake, Gerrard can get rid of at least a couple and free up some wages.