Rangers sporting director Wilson provides January transfer update
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Rangers sporting director Wilson provides January transfer update

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has provided a January transfer window update, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

We’re now six days into 2020 and while the odd rumour has surfaced here and there, there’s been little in the way of concrete business.

Wilson says that’s no coincidence, though, with the club taking a step back with regards to incomings and prioritising the trimming of the playing squad.

Wilson alongside Moussa Djenepo during his time with Southampton. (Photo by Stuart Martin/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Sky Sports reported on Sunday that Andy King was returning to Leicester City following the termination of his loan deal, and several others could soon be following him out of Ibrox.

“Steven and myself have been really clear on this,” said Wilson, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “The squad is too big, we need to reduce the size of the squad and we have been consistent on that.”

“It’s not as easy as flicking a switch because it’s the January window and it’s always difficult. That is our number one aim, however.”

“There’s nothing Steven and the rest of the coaching staff are looking at and saying, ‘we absolutely have to strengthen there’, added the ex-Southampton director on the subject of potential incomings.

“At a time when we’re trying to reduce the numbers, it would make no sense to bring in another squad player. It would have to be something that we felt would improve us straight away because generally, we are quite happy with how things are.”

It seems McAllister and Gerrard are largely content with their playing staff. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

The party line remains the same, then, from Rangers.

This window is much more about streamlining than recruitment, and the priority is to move on those who are playing little to no role on the pitch.

It makes perfect sense that Wilson and Gerrard would try to facilitate departures for the likes of Eros Grezda, Eduardo Herrera and Greg Docherty this month, players who are likely to be picking up hefty wages but not featuring at all for the first team.

However, some Bears may be concerned that the club aren’t necessarily looking to recruit an extra striker. Clearly, given their European and domestic form over the first half of the season, the Gers coped just fine with only Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe to choose from.

However, with Morelos set to miss the first three games after the winter break due to suspension, the squad does look dangerously light in that area. All it would take would be Defoe to tweak a muscle during the mid-season camp in Dubai, and suddenly, Rangers would be without an out-and-out forward.

If there’s any area of the pitch that needs strengthening, it’s the top end.

While you’re here, why not check out our January Transfer Window Preview over on YouTube.