The transfer window has only just shut but planning will have already started at clubs everywhere – including Rangers – for the January window and even next summer’s transfer window.
Clubs will be drawing up lists of potential targets to run the rule over while looking at their own squad and getting an idea of who could potentially be leaving in the summer when their contracts end.
Rangers will be no exception and, via the excellent Narey’s Toepoker, we took a look at just who could be leaving Edmiston Drive as a Ger for the last time at the end of the season.
There are a few names that fans will be keen to see stick around and one or two others that the sooner they are gone then the quicker everyone can move on and forget all about them being here.
Let us know who you think Rangers should look to keep around and who should be allowed to leave at the end of their contracts.
Here is the starting XI that Steven Gerrard could lose at the end of the season when their contracts end:
When it comes to the goalkeeper position, you could have had you pick of all four senior keepers at the club with Jak Alnwick, Andy Firth and Wes Foderingham all out of contract in the summer. McGregor is likely to remain at the club beyond the summer – with Gerrard hinting that if he plays a certain number of games that he’ll get a renewal automatically.
The young right-back is currently on loan with Ayr United and will be hoping he can catch the eye with some impressive performances and win an extended Ibrox contract. Lots of potential and made his first-team debut last season after coming close to doing so under Mark Warburton. Could be a long-term successor to James Tavernier at right-back.
Gerrard’s former Liverpool team-mate is another who is likely to get an extended contract – if only even for a single season as he is someone that the manager clearly trusts in big games and, by and large, has delivered. Injury problems could prove an issue but if he can get over his current problems and remain fit then there’s a good chance he’ll still be around next season.
Scottish youth international has had a dogged time recently after looking like a real prospect when given a handful of first-team appearances. An incredibly hard worker, Wilson’s age might count against him as he really needs first-team football on a consistent basis and it isn’t likely to come at Ibrox. The centre-back is one who will probably move on in the summer but, hopefully, he can kick on and impress elsewhere.
The fan favourite is in a tricky situation. At best, he’s third-choice in any position he can fit in so he has to decide whether playing games or being at Rangers is more important to him. Gerrard has regularly spoken highly of Halliday though and, despite his infrequent appearances, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he was offered an extension.
The Academy midfielder spent last season on loan with Bury then Raith Rovers and had been in and around the first-team squad at the start of the campaign before dropping back down to the Development squad. Barjonas is a player who has the ability to be a big success at Rangers but hasn’t quite found his stride yet. Seems likely that he’ll be given a new contract – and possibly even head out on loan before too long.
The Northern Irishman signed a one-year deal when he made his loan switch from Southampton permanent and it seems likely that he’ll extend that sooner rather than later. Davis has been in really good form so far this season and shows no signs of letting up despite his advancing years. Would be madness to let him leave in the summer.
Holty’s already as good as gone after signing a season-long loan deal with St. Johnstone on deadline day. Few will work as hard or cover as much ground as the former Hearts midfielder but he just lacked that little bit of quality. Won’t take him long to find a new club.
Former Liverpool youngster has had a torrid time with injuries but looks like he is finally over it and able to play regularly again. Whether that sees him offered a new deal or not is anyone’s guess but his hefty wages makes it seem unlikely. Most fans would like to see him get his career back on track but it looks like it just isn’t to be at Ibrox for the player once tagged as the ‘next Steven Gerrard.’
Atakayi should blistering pace and promise in the under-20s before his career appeared to just stall. A couple of spells out on loan haven’t seemed to put his any closer to a first-team place at Ibrox and he’ll likely be away in the summer. Had some bad luck with injuries but has now been surpassed by a handful of others in the Academy.
Somehow, the big Mexican striker is STILL on the books. Come the summer then he’ll finally be gone and Rangers will have poured a phenomenal amount of money down the drain on the former Mexican international. On-loan in his homeland and will probably never set foot back in Scotland again. An experiment gone horribly wrong and probably going to be the last Mexican to play for Rangers for a while after the Herrera/Carlos Pena debacle.