COMMENT By Matt Farr
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha needed just three months to complete his assessment of the first-team squad at Ibrox, before compiling his summer transfer plan.
The Portuguese was expected to make wholesale changes to his side following Rangers’ poor showing in Scottish domestic competition last term, and he looks to be doing just that.
He has already completed the signings of experienced centre-back Bruno Alves and Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack, while four more signings could be completed within the next week.
The Daily Mail claim that Rangers are closing in on the signings of Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio, and Eduardo Herrera, while Mexico midfielder Carlos Pena is awaiting a work-permit before completing his move.
However, Caixinha will likely have to move a number of players on this summer in order to balance the books, and here, Football Insider names three players that should be fearing for their long-term futures.
The 21-year-old attacker was brought to the club last summer by then-manager Mark Warburton, but struggled to earn a regular role in the first-team.
His level of playing time improved when Caixinha took charge in March, but he may not have convinced him enough to be handed a key role next season.
The reportedly imminent arrival of Dalcio and Herrera, meanwhile, who are both forwards, could see Caixinha axe one of his current attacking players, and Dodoo could be the sacrificial lamb.
His age means he may only be offloaded on a temporary basis, but there is a strong possibility that Rangers could sever their ties completely.
The 26-year-old is also likely to be at risk, given he plays in a similar position to both Dodoo, and the new arrivals.
O’Halloran has already felt the wrath of the new Rangers chief, when he was internally disciplined for missing an Under 20’s league match back in April.
Caixinha was also left unsatisfied as to O’Halloran’s level of fitness, and had ordered him, as well as several other senior players, to commit to additional fitness sessions.
But much like Dodoo, he failed to establish himself as a regular feature in the first-team squad at Ibrox during his debut season, and is one of the most likely candidates to be axed this summer.
The decision has already been made to axe experienced centre-back duo Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos from the setup, but another defender could also leave.
Bruno Alves will likely command a regular role in Caixinha’s first-choice side next season, while reportedly imminent new signing Fabio Cardoso is also a centre-back.
Cardoso would be joining an already packed central-defensive contingent of Alves, David Bates, Lee Hodson, Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson, so one is likely to make way.
Hodson, 25, was handed a role in the squad at the end of the season after injury problems limited their options, but the Northern Ireland international would be lucky to command such a role next season.
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