Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The five stars Rangers may lose this summer

With promotion hanging on a knife’s edge, and uncertainty in the boardroom regarding so many issues of the Club’s future, it is safe to say Rangers are in a serious state of flux right now.

As we know, a dozen plus players are out of contract this summer, which only adds to the instability, but there are also another nearly half-dozen players the Govan side risks losing particularly if promotion is not achieved.

Here we take a look at each of them, and their likelihood of departing for pastures new.

Cammy Bell.

Many will be surprised to see his name in this list, but outwith the SPL Bell is the highest-profile and arguably best goalkeeper in Scotland. A free transfer from Kilmarnock in 2013, his performances have been solid in Rangers’ goal, but have definitely suffered from the abysmal defence in front of him and he may wish to enhance his Scotland credentials by returning to the SPL to a midtable side with a more efficient rearguard. He would fetch around £400,000.

Darren McGregor.

Having endured a tough time of it prior to his rebirth at Ibrox, McGregor has soared this season as by far the best and most consistent performer at Rangers. Unheralded when he arrived, he has not only proven his doubters wrong but proved himself good enough to play for a modest SPL side and possibly get into the Scotland squad. If that SPL side is not to be Rangers, McGregor may well look at a switch to a higher level that he probably deserves. He is worth around £600,000.

Lee Wallace.

Linked with a move away forever, Wallace’s loyalty has been impressive, but there were whispers his agent, in concert with the Club’s blessing, was trying to get him a move in January, which fell through. Having already been targeted previously by Nottingham Forest at £900,000, Rangers then-board rejected the bid and retained the left back’s services, but there comes a point when Wallace must get fed up with his loyalty being ignored and his case for the captaincy rejected. By far the Club’s most valuable asset, he would still bring in around a million.

Nicky Law.

A definite target for a glut of English Championship sides, Law’s stay in Scotland is very likely to end this summer, with only promotion with Rangers a possible carrot to make him stay. The wages on offer with the likes of Birmingham and Reading will far outweigh what he gets at Ibrox, and this one is the most certain of the lot. Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but Law is extremely likely to move on in June. He has a tag of £500,000.

Haris Vuckic.

Technically he is not a Rangers player, but unless the Ibrox side forks out the asking price of anything up to a million for the Slovenian’s services, he is returning to Tyneside. The former Cardiff City man has been one of the big bright spots in recent months, with goals a plenty, but to retain him will cost big, and it is much more likely he will not remain in Glasgow beyond June. He would cost roughly £800,000.

With the highly likely departures of the out-of-contracters coming into play this summer, these five are also vulnerable to the same fate.

One thing is certain – there will be a lot of change at Ibrox over the coming months.

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