Rangers keen to offload two fringe players before window shuts - report
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Rangers keen to offload two fringe players before window shuts - report

Following the departure of Jermain Defoe, Rangers are keen to offload two more fringe players before the transfer window shuts, according to The Herald.

Defoe’s exit was confirmed on Wednesday and praise has since flooded in for the veteran striker for his three years of excellent service.

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Earlier in the window, Nathan Patterson joined Everton for a club record fee of £16m [Sky Sports].

However, it seems that there could be yet more departures before the end of the month.

John Lundstram was linked with Middlesbrough earlier this week and The Herald believe it’s possible that he could head for pastures new after a disappointing first six months at Ibrox.

Rangers want to offload fringe players Barker and Hastie

The report makes it clear that Rangers are definitely keen to move on two other fringe players, though, namely Brandon Barker and Jake Hastie.

Barker hasn’t made a senior appearance all season, only making the bench once for the League Cup quarter-final win over Livingston at Ibrox in September.

Meanwhile, Hastie spent the first half of the season on loan at Partick Thistle and failed to impress.

He didn’t start a single match during his time at Firhill and made just six substitute appearances, while it now looks unlikely that he’ll add to his two senior Rangers outings, both of which came in 2019.

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Sensible thinking from Gers

It would be a good work from Rangers if they could offload both Barker and Hastie this month.

As neither player is contributing on the pitch, their departures would free up wages without impacting the first team.

It remains to be seen whether or not Ross Wilson will be able to get a fee for either player given their lack of recent playing time.

However, the club may well just be happy to get them off the books for nothing now rather than allowing them to run their contracts down.

Both players have pace and talent, but they will go down as two of the more unsuccessful signings of the Gerrard era.

Meanwhile, Ross Wilson has explained the surprise decision to recall Cedric Itten from his loan spell at Greuther Furth.