Mark Allen’s Rangers vision was laid out during the week, but so was one of his potential departures from Rangers.
Eduardo Herrera has had a miserable time out on loan at Santos Laguna. Making just five appearances and failing to score a single goal, the forward is struggling.
This led to the Daily Record claiming that Mark Allen was looking to get him off the wage bill “as soon as he can”. Whilst nobody can argue that wouldn’t be ideal, he isn’t the only one who should be off.
Here, we take a look at three other players who should be joining the Mexican flop on his way out of Ibrox permanently.
It’s a shame that people are now forgetting the good Lee Wallace has done at Ibrox. He was a key instigator in getting Rangers back up the divisions, and stuck with the club during its darkest days.
When fans were furious with current stars Alan McGregor and Kyle Lafferty, Wallace showed unreal commitment. He effectively sacrificed some of the best years of his career to help Rangers get back up.
Unfortunately, however, Wallace’s value to Rangers is now non-existent, and the club have shown him loyalty. Despite hardly featuring under Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty, and now Steven Gerrard, he still remains on the wage-bill.
His only top-team appearance this season was coming on for the final seconds at Fir Park and losing a crucial equaliser. From there, it’s just been blow after blow for the former captain.
He gave away a silly goal to Brentford in a reserve match earlier this week, and continues to struggle in building up his fitness. With Borna Barisic, Andy Halliday, and Jon Flanagan all ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s time to say goodbye.
Carlos Pena has just been a total disaster from start to finish.
Thankfully, he seems to have overcome his personal demons recently, and he deserves massive credit for it. It’s good to see him back on his feet and concentrating once more on his football.
Unfortunately, his loan spell at Necaxa has been a waste of time. The Caixinha signing has only played two full matches, and hasn’t appeared in the last two matchday squads. Whilst he could come back into the fray between now and January, it’s not enough time to make a big impact.
Out of 15 competitive matches for Necaxa this season, Pena hasn’t been in the squad for six of them. That’s far too many, and shows just how poor he’s been back in his homeland.
Rangers have far too many midfield assets at the club for Pena to break through. Gerrard does have a knack for surprising people and giving fringe-men opportunities out of nowhere, but this would be a long shot.
Pena did notch five goals for the club in his first six months at Ibrox, but he hasn’t lived up to his reported £25k-per-week wage. If possible, he has to join Herrera in leaving.
Joe Dodoo is going to be extremely difficult to get rid of in the summer for Rangers.
Despite being on a season-long loan deal at Blackpool, he isn’t impressing either. He’s made nine appearances for the English club this season, and scored one goal. Seven of those appearances have been starts, with two coming from the bench.
The Seasiders aren’t likely to be champing at the bit to give Rangers an offer. Considering Dodoo will still have another year left on his four-year deal, Rangers may have to try and send him on another loan again.
Dodoo was signed by Mark Warburton in the summer of 2016 from Leicester City. He came with decent promise, but has only made six starts and scored five goals in Glasgow in over two years.
Rangers are likely to be on the lookout for a third striker in January. Dodoo hasn’t proved to be any worse than Umar Sadiq, but he still isn’t of the quality Rangers need.
The best scenario here is for the club to find him a permanent way out of Ibrox. That, however, will be tricky.