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2nd Apr, 2018 | 1:37pm

Rangers transfer XI: 11 players who could exit Ibrox in summer exodus


Rangers director of football Mark Allen could be one of the busiest men in football this summer with the Gers looking at potentially hiring a new manager and rebuilding the first-team squad for the fourth consecutive summer.

The Ibrox giants could see an entire team worth of senior players exiting – not including those on loan – as they try to find a way to wrestle the Scottish Premiership title back from bitter rivals Celtic.

There are a number of players who look like there is little alternative for them but to leave Ibrox in the summer although one or two of those who could find themselves on the way out might just still see a future for themselves with the Gers.

Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is one of two goalkeepers who could leave in the summer with Liam Kelly the other. Both are at a point in their career where they need first-team football and neither is likely to dislodge Wes Foderingham as number one any time soon. With Robby McCrorie also impressing while out on loan at Berwick Rangers, they’ll soon have another keeper to compete with just to sit on the bench.

In defence, David Bates’ ongoing contract situation means the 21-year-old could walk for free in the summer if the Gers can’t agree new terms with the former Raith Rovers defender before the end of May. Portuguese duo Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso arrived at Ibrox last summer but neither has impressed and both could find themselves on the way out in the summer. At 23, Cardoso could win a reprieve under a new manager but Alves’ wages also make him an ideal candidate to leave. Andy Halliday and Lee Hodson are others who don’t look to have a future at Ibrox after only making sporadic appearances so far this season.

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With a huge number of midfielders on the books at Ibrox, Allen will be spoiled for choice when it comes to players to try move on in the summer. Harry Forrester and Michael O’Halloran are both almost certain to leave in the summer after being shipped out on loan this season. O’Halloran returned from his stint at St. Johnstone in January but hasn’t been seen near a match-day squad and it is only a matter of time before he is out the door.

Central midfielders Jason Holt and Jordan Rossiter have a better chance of still being at Ibrox next season but both will need the planets to align for them to stand a chance. Rossiter has been almost constantly injured since arriving in 2016 from Liverpool while Holt has struggled to force his way into the starting XI with the likes of Graham Dorrans, Greg Docherty and Ross McCrorie ahead of him. Former England youth international Rossiter is another who, like Alves, will be on a sizeable wage which Allen may decide is better utilised elsewhere as the Gers aim for a 55th league title. Rossiter has recently returned to training after his latest aborted comeback and the Light Blues will be waiting with baited breath to see if he can remain injury-free for any length of time.

Veteran striker Kenny Miller is out of contract in the summer after being handed an extra 12 months last summer but it looks like time is finally up on the veteran’s career at Ibrox. Miller could be added to the coaching staff if he hangs his boots up in the summer but it would suit everyone if Miller wasn’t part of the playing squad next season. At 38, he’s not the same player he was and doesn’t bring the same inlfluence to games that he used to.

Joe Dodoo has been an unmitigated disaster over the last 12 months and the Gers will surely find a way to get him out the door in the summer. After a disastrous loan spell at Charlton, Dodoo has spent most of his time with Rangers playing the odd game for the Under-20s. Another of Mark Warburton’s signings who didn’t work out and left the Ibrox giants paying for an expensive flop.

In other Rangers news, an outspoken BBC pundit has slammed this Gers player after the draw with Motherwell, claiming he was “unbelievably bad”.

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