There’s been plenty made about Rangers players’ contracts and as several key stars see their current deals tick down, the latest from Ibrox boss Gio van Bronckhorst suggests change is on the horizon.
Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst was fronting questions ahead of the club’s match with Livingston with a serious season-ending injury to Ianis Hagi dominating newswires in the aftermath.
But some of the Dutchman’s comments on player contracts also caught the attention of supporters as Gio was asked about his thoughts on what often feels like an impending contract crossroads.
“I don’t think relaxed is the right phrase for it. I am a coach who will always be alert,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“I always had as a player, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and happy in the place that you are. Obviously that is very important to achieve success.
“With contracts ending in the summer with players, I know if the feeling is there for them to continue and to keep their focus on Rangers. It is good.
“But you also know that when players are out of contract maybe they feel they need another challenge or maybe want to maybe want to move.
“Either you sign a new contract and you continue with the relations you have or you take a different pathway.
“In the end, it is all good. When you have players going out you need to get players in.
“I think it is a continuous process and also a process that is not new for me as a player or also as a coach.
“You have to make sure you are making the right decisions if there are decisions to be made. If new players have to come in, you have to take the right new players in.”
Rangers face summer of upheaval as contracts of five key players tick down
The situation concerning club vice-captain Connor Goldson is well documented, whilst key assets Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Filip Helander will see their deals expire in 2023.
If Rangers can’t tie this important quintet down on new contracts, then we suspect it’s going to be one very busy summer at Ibrox.
Not only that, but in failing to tie the club’s brightest talents down Rangers’ position over the club’s strongest assets has certainly weakened.
Only Glen Kamara has been tied down on a new deal from the players who very much fall into this category.
Rangers had to take the risk with these stars in securing 55 but unless new deals are struck, they may well pay the price this summer as the club looks to sell to prevent losing their top stars for nothing.
Beyond that, there are several aging players or fringe players who will see their contracts at Rangers expire this summer with Connor Goldson, Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Leon Balougn heading a list of nine first-team players.
All of this points to some major changes at Ibrox in the summer and fans will just be hoping that sporting director Ross Wilson and the new coaching staff ensure it doesn’t knock us off our footing.
Speaking of Rangers contracts, the Ibrox side are said to be closing in on new deals for two influential first team players.