Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has provided an update on potential outgoings at Ibrox following significant speculation [RangersTV].
The only players to have left the first-team squad this summer are Greg Stewart and Bongani Zungu – with Stewart released and Zungu returning to parent club Amiens – and George Edmundson, who signed for Ipswich Town for a reported fee of £1m earlier this week [Daily Record].
Yet, several key men have also been linked with an exit.
The player most spoken about has been Alfredo Morelos, who is reportedly a top target for Porto [A Bola].
However, it’s not just El Bufalo who has allegedly attracted interest.
Glen Kamara has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs [Daily Mail], Ryan Kent is reportedly still in Leeds United’s sights [The Athletic] and Man United have even been linked with a swoop for skipper James Tavernier [90min.com].
Gerrard says he’s not currently factoring in potential exits, though, and also asserted that so far, the only concrete bid to land for a Rangers player was Ipswich’s successful offer for Edmundson.
“We don’t make signings or we don’t prepare the group for people going out,” he said [RangersTV]. “I prepare it to be as strong as possible, to give us the best chance of success on the pitch.”
“I’m not shying away from the fact that if the right bid landed for any of our players, I’m sure I’m going to get a call from the board. But, I’ll cross that bridge when it happens.
“At the moment, we haven’t had one single bid for any of our players besides George Edmundson, and we accepted that bid. There are a couple of things brewing in the background but for none of the big players that have been mentioned in terms of speculation.”
This was an interesting update from Gerrard, during which he essentially rubbished the plethora of reports which have asserted that Porto have seen offers for Morelos turned down.
The manager is clearly realistic about the situation but during his time at the club there have been no major sales and that could still be the case come the end of this window if other clubs don’t show genuine intent over the coming weeks.
Even if the Gers could get through the window only losing one big name, they’d be in excellent shape to defend their title, particularly given the quality of the players who have been brought in.
Ahead of Saturday’s Premiership opener against Livingston, the manager also provided an injury update.