Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Rangers' summer exodus; this is what we know so far


So the wheels on Rangers’ summer overhaul are well and truly turning before the split even finishes. With three matches still remaining of the Ibrox season, news has already broken of some of those who are definitely staying, leaving, and may be coming in. Let us do a round up of what we know for sure so far.

Outgoing:


Clint Hill:

As we told you yesterday, Hill’s services are no longer required and the 38 year old becomes a free agent this summer, with no new deal offered. He leaves with our best wishes and really did do a shift for us over the past season, but Caixinha has decided to part ways.

Billy Gilmour:

The 15-year old ‘sensation’ (so called) has officially agreed terms with Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and will depart for Stamford Bridge netting Rangers a very decent £500K and rising. It is probably a disastrous move for the lad’s career, as unless he is something extraordinary (and we do not think he is) he will sink without trace in Chelsea’s youth system before being farmed out to Peterborough Feruz style. Still, financially, for he and his family, it was a no brainer. And Rangers got a decent chunk of change. Best of luck. You will need it!

Emerson Hyndman:

The injury which forced him off the pitch against Celtic has officially ended his Rangers career. He never had any real intention of staying beyond summer, and neither did his manager Eddie Howe, and that is fair enough I suppose. A spell at Ibrox which undoubtedly peaked during the trip to Motherwell on the 28th of January where he was frankly outstanding. Ultimately though he really ended up rather underwhelming despite the odd bright touch and pass here and there. Yet another loan which frankly did not really work out. Has already said his goodbyes via Twitter. Perhaps the EPL will suit him better.

Jon Toral:

Patchy at best and peaked during Caixinha’s debut v Hamilton which saw him using the ball intelligently and defending robustly alongside Jason Holt, thereafter Toral was honestly a bit of a nothing player who did not stand out. Thinks he can get into the Arsenal team but unlikely to do much beyond ending up like Zelalem. Another mediocre loan. Here is hoping he is to be the last loan Rangers have for a while. That said, seems a decent enough sort and we wish him the best.

Rob Kiernan:

It is not official yet but Kiernan’s time at Ibrox is surely at an end – this would be a ‘mutual consent’ effort ala Joey Barton most likely, unless Rangers can somehow find a team to ship him to.

Philippe Senderos:

Was only on a year deal like Hill and simply has not been favoured at all by any manager at Ibrox. Has not impressed either when used. We got this one utterly wrong – truly thought someone with his CV would be half decent. It did not work out. A free agent in a few matches, he will move on to pastures new. He also carried himself with utter dignity and we wish him the best in the future too.

Staying:


The only players we know for absolute sure are staying are Kenny Miller and….yeah that is it. Yes, in reality the guys on big deals with a year or two to run are going to be hard to shift, but the only player to be offered a deal and in undeniable favour under Pedro is Miller. Even McKay’s future is uncertain, as is Tavernier’s, Foderingham’s, Wilson’s and essentially most of the rest. Time will tell which ones get the nod and which ones are for the scrapheap.

Incoming:

Nothing is confirmed yet but Rangers have made concrete contact over Rashid Sumaila, and Caixinha’s cryptic comment about ‘Confederation Cup’ players hints more than a tad at the purported interest in countryman Bruno Alves.

Watch this space.

12 comments:

  1. He is doing right thing. Giving youngsters a chance as Europe is secure. Though I am disappointed in youngsters so far.

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  2. we got a lot of old men who will go as there one year deals are upbut what about the other ones on two and three etc deals they will go nowhere they will stay and if they get a game then they will play none of them will take a pay cut so we could have alot of dead wood hanging around for years.

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  3. Best wishes to Clint Hill. He has embraced the challenge and has done a magnificent job.
    If he was 10 years younger he would have an extension and it would be well deserved!
    All the best Clint if you're reading this. You have done Rangers FC proud!

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  4. Dear Clint & Phillipe, as a token of our appreciation, please accept this gift from all Rangers grateful fans - https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Electric-double-seats-mobility-scooter-DL24800_60583876143.html?s=p It's legal to drive it on the M8 too, trust me...

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    1. I get your jibe towards Senderos but not against Clint. He's actually been more than alright for us. You were just trying too hard to be funny

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    2. It wasn't a jibe. I don't rate either of them. Thanks for the comedy lesson.

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  5. I thoroughly agree with Zippy Bungle, Clint Hill showed commitment grit and determination expected from Rangers players and let us not forget his Ariel abilities, somewhat lacking in the remaining current squad.

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    1. I hadn't noticed his ability to remove tough stains, but I must admit I'm impressed too.
      (joke)

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  6. I was never in favour of signing hill but he was one of our best players for goodness sake.

    The fickle nature of some astounds me. Just like the idiots that support Trump and May.

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    1. Lol. How you managed to equate non-support of Hill with supporting the US president/British PM is impressive. Except you didn't manage it. If I didn't want Hill in the first place and still don't want him, how is that 'fickle'?

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  7. So your judgement was wrong on Hill but anyone opposing your judgement on Trump and May is an idiot? mmmmmm.

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