Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has provided a transfer update as speculation abounds during the opening stages of the January window [the Herald].
The only business done so far at Ibrox has involved the movement of talented young players back and forth from various loan spells.
There’s been plenty of transfer talk, though, with Bundesliga heavyweights RB Leipzig linked with Ianis Hagi [Digisport], while the Gers are reportedly tracking a number of players including Charlton’s Alfie Doughty [the Herald] and Fashion Sakala of Oostende [Daily Record].
Reacting to the speculation, Gerrard has issued a hands-off warning regarding his key players, while he also gave an update on the club’s stance on potential incomings.
“In terms of big names going out the door, I don’t think that will happen and myself and the board are on the same page as far as that is concerned,” he said [the Herald]. “We are linked with a lot of players, which is normal for Rangers throughout the two-and-a-half years. I wouldn’t read too much into that.”
“People are just throwing names at us and I’ll be very surprised if we add any to it in the coming weeks, but at a club like Rangers, the size of us, we are always looking to improve and strive to get better so if something interesting comes up out the blue, it is something we would pursue.”
Rangers supporters will be delighted that there’s no intent to sell any top players this month, with James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Glen Kamara, Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos amongst those who have been the subject of speculation in the recent past.
Some may be disappointed with the relative lack of appetite to add to the squad, particularly with Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield currently sidelined by injury.
However, considerable investment was required to build the current squad and the absence of desperation in this window is a sign of how far the club has come over the last few years.
Gerrard hasn’t totally ruled out new signings, though, so there could still be an announcement or two later in the month.
All focus is on Pittodrie this weekend and while the Gers will be without three key players, a transfer clause ensures that Aberdeen will also be understrength for the crunch Premiership clash.