Michael Beale has hinted at new contracts for a couple of his Rangers players with Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack the most likely recipients.

There is an obvious reason why the two veterans will avoid the cull but it isn’t a good look for a club trying to build a successful player trading model.

If Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield do sign extensions, the likes of Alex Lowry will have every right to feel aggrieved.

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In Ben Williamson and Cole McKinnon, Rangers have two midfielders who have yet to be given a chance with the first team.

They have done well out on loan but in the past, players of their ability would have been given minutes alongside their senior colleagues.

Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield are blocking Rangers pathway

Players from the not-so-distant past like Stephen Hughes, Neil Murray and Bob Malcom were far from world beaters, but they gave everything.

They were determined to prove that they belonged amongst their more illustrious colleagues.

Hughes, Murray and Malcolm were never the stars but they played hundreds of league games, they knew Scottish football and they knew Rangers.

There is a lot to be said for the innocence, naivety and enthusiasm of youth.

Barry Ferguson and Nathan Patterson both had the quality when they first broke through but their unwavering self confidence saw them keep their place in the starting XI when more experienced colleagues had wavered in the past.

Alan Hutton, another, who was written off by many when he was given his chance before becoming the club’s record transfer.

We will never know unless they are given a chance.

For Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack, their status at Rangers as senior home grown players makes them almost certain to be the “one or two” that Michael Beale mentioned in his pre-match press conference.

This doesn’t mean that they should be given game time over those who could, one day, make a real contribution and make the club serious money.

Both are good players but not good enough that we should sacrifice an entire club ethos just because recruitment planning has been negligent in the past.

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