Rangers transfer news: Southend eye up Forrester move

By Danny Wright

21st Jul, 2017 | 4:55pm

English club revive interest in Rangers 26-year-old banished by Caixinha - reports

By Danny Wright

English League One club Southend have revived their interest in Rangers winger Harry Forrester, according to a reliable journalist.

Press Association reporter Nick Mashiter claimed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that Southend’s eagerness to land the 26-year-old has been going on for some time.

The Daily Record has previously reported that Forrester had been “banished” by manager Pedro Caixinha and told to find a new club in the wake of a host of new signings at Ibrox.

It now seems that Southend are willing to be the team that picks up Rangers’ scraps, as Caixinha continues to overhaul his squad after signing ten new players since last season ended.

Forrester is a player who suffered the Portuguese manager’s axe as soon as he replaced Mark Warburton as the manager at Ibrox.

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The winger earned just seven minutes of football across all competitions under the charge of the ruthless Caixinha, which came in his first game in control against Hamilton in March.

Since then, Forrester has been unable to add to his total of 44 appearances he has earned for the Light Blues since he signed from Doncaster in 2015.

Football Insider Verdict

Even though Caixinah has made a lot of additions this summer, he still has a lot of deadwood that he needs to cut out of his squad. Forrester appears to have no future at Ibrox so long as the Portuguese boss is in charge, so he should be trying to force a move back south of the border if he can. The former Aston Villa wide-man couldn’t get a look in before Daniel Candeias and Dalcio were signed up by the Gers, so he simply has no hope now. It remains to be seen how well this new-look Rangers side performs in the Scottish Premiership next season. If the Europa League humiliation is anything to go by, the next year might be a very slow one for the Ibrox faithful.

In other Rangers news, Barrie McKay has explained why it was so easy for him to quit the Light Blues.

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