Monday, 26 June 2017

Imminent seven player Ibrox exodus on cards

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

Rangers are set to shift seven players with the breaking news that six have been excluded from the Europa League squad while a seventh is a definite target for Mark Warburton’s Nottingham.

Joe Dodoo, Michael O’Halloran, Andy Halliday, Rob Kiernan, Harry Forrester and Matt Crooks have all been excluded from the squad to face Progres Niederkorn, while James Tavernier has confirmed he is considering a move to Nottingham Forest after an initial bid from manager Mark Warburton was rejected. He is expected to increase his submission to a seven-figure sum this week.

None of the UEL squad exclusions are a surprise – none of them have been regarded as having a future under Caixinha, and Rangers fans will not be disappointed at seeing the back of the majority of them, while James Tavernier, subject to mass criticism last season from all quarters of the support for below-par displays would not be a colossal loss either.

With eight signings secured for the new season already, this exodus is the first real major movement the other way and confirms that if Pedro does not manage to actually get rid of these players (those pesky contract things could get in the way), they certainly are not part of his plans and would only be taking up a wage now.

Change has certainly been necessary at Ibrox for quite a while, and it is a damning indictment of the shocking work done by the previous manager that only three signings he made in 2016 of 15 have been deemed good enough going forward, with the exceptions being Jak Alnwick, a backup goalkeeper and the two returned injury-plagued midfielders, Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar.

The work done in the other direction has been stellar, and while this site has a concern or two about defence, it is all moving in the right direction regardless.
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