Kris Commons: These five men may exit Rangers in summer, another overhaul needed
Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons believes that Rangers will need yet another overhaul in the summer transfer window in order to improve the squad.
Pedro Caixinha led a mass recruitment drive last summer before Graeme Murty and Mark Allen did the same in January to add a more home-grown feel to the side.
The Light Blues welcome five new players to Ibrox, with four of them arriving on loan and Commons believes that manager Murty, Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings, Russell Martin and Sean Goss may all exit the club in the summer when their short-term deals all expire.
“It will take another overhaul in the summer. But Murty might not be there as manager. And some loan players – Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings, Russell Martin and Sean Goss – might not be there,” he said on the Daily Mail website.
“It will take another massive investment in the summer. And it takes a lot of smart work to build a team capable of challenging for the title or winning trophies.”
Commons has claimed that Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke would be an ideal replacement for Murty should be leave Ibrox, but the Sky Sports pundit also believes that the 54-year-old former West Brom boss would also suit Celtic when Brendan Rodgers moves on.
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“Steve Clarke is doing such a phenomenal job at Kilmarnock that, to be honest, I think he would be a great fit not just for Rangers – but for Celtic, if and when the time comes,” he added.
“It baffles me, the job he’s doing at Kilmarnock with the players he’s got, with Saturday’s win at Ibrox just the latest great result.”
Football Insider verdict
Rangers have option-to-buy clauses in Murphy, Martin and Cummings’ loan deals, but that does not mean that they are guaranteed to sign them all up. The main problem that the Gers will have in the summer is their new manager. Rangers fans are completely split on deciding whether Murty deserves another season. If he wins a couple of games, everyone wants him in, if he loses a couple then everyone wants him out. There will likely be a lot of options in the summer for Dave King to look at, and some of them probably will be better than Murty. Clarke is a likely candidate given Kilmarnock’s form and is a strong contender for manager of the year.