Rangers are set to be affected after FIFA announced plans for new loan transfer regulations, with changes set to be implemented from 1 July 2022 [FIFA.com].
The intention is to ‘clarify the purpose of loans’ and ‘limit excessive and abusive practices’, while promoting the development of young players and preventing player ‘hoarding’.
Rangers recently signed James Sands from New York City FC on an 18-month loan deal, but from the coming summer, loans lengths will be capped at one year.
The number of loans permitted between the same two clubs will be capped at three each way, while restrictions on the total number of loan moves will also be introduced.
For a year from 1 July 2022, clubs will only be able to loan a maximum of eight players each way per season.
From July 2023 the cap will be lowered to seven and from July 2024 reduced further to six.
‘Club-trained’ or U21 players will be exempt, though, and at this stage, these rules will apply to international loans only, with member associations set to be given three years to adopt rules ‘in line with the principals recognised by FIFA’.
New FIFA loan transfer regulations to impact Rangers
Sooner or later, Rangers’ transfer plans will be affected to some extent by these new regulations.
The Gers have signed a small number of players on loan in recent seasons, including Sands, Bongani Zungu, Andy King and Sheyi Ojo.
However, it’s their approach to outgoing loan deals that’s more likely to require some adjustments when restrictions are introduced.
Rangers currently have ten players out on loan and although the bulk of them are club trained and/or under 21, Niko Katic isn’t, while the likes of Jamie Murphy, Jake Hastie, Brandon Barker, Greg Docherty, Jordan Jones, George Edmundson and Jordan Rossiter were all loaned out in recent seasons despite not meeting that criteria.