COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Rangers look certain to be in for a reshuffle of players in the summer after disappointing on their return to the top-flight.
The Gers are 33 points behind leaders Celtic in the league and will need to improve their squad drastically to compete for the title.
Pedro Caixinha has been given permission from Al-Gharafa to join Rangers as they search for a new full-time manager.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three most likely senior players who could leave in the summer transfer window.
Rangers defender Clint Hill surely tops the list of players likely to leave Ibrox in the summer as his contract expires. The board ignored pleas from ex-manager Mark Warburton to hand the veteran defender a new deal and it’s hard to see how he can have a future next season. The 38-year-old has made 25 appearances this season across all competitions and been one of the club’s most reliable defenders. However, expected new manager Caixinha will surely be hoping to build a new squad and Hill is in the twilight of his career. The centre-back is likely to be shown the exit door as a new era begins at Rangers.
Rangers forward Kenny Miller is in a similar position to team-mate Hill, reaching the latter stages of his career and his contract set to expire in the summer. The 37-year-old is a popular figure at the Gers, but surely Caixinha will be looking to integrate younger players. Miller has contributed well this season for the Scottish giants, scoring nine goals and supplying five assists in 35 appearances. He has made 228 appearances during his spells with Rangers and has proved he can perform in Scotland. However, his days appeared to be numbered and a new star striker could be a priority in the transfer window.
Rangers’ Josh Windass has been unable to impress in Scotland and could be set for an early exit. The 23-year-old only arrived at the Gers in the summer of 2016 and was expected to become a mainstay in the first-team. However, he has disappointed and the central midfielder doesn’t look up to scraps. Caixinha will be looking to offload the deadweight and Windass may be one of those let go. He has been unfortunate with injuries this season so may feel he still has lots more to offer, but could be playing for his future during the rest of the campaign.
In other Rangers news, Charlie Nicholas believes they must make this tactical reshuffle against Celtic.