With Russell Martin’s belated confirmation this morning that he has left Rangers, that now takes the official number of departures to three with more to follow.
We expect that, like with Clint Hill, there will be no club announcement to wish anyone the best, and that departures will only become absolute once the player themselves has corroborated it.
Currently the Jason Cummings situation looks bleak for the striker, with no information or progress pertaining to any deal being confirmed. He has returned to the City Ground with little hope of a future there, having already admitted he is not in favour and wants to leave. Forest, for their part, are securing a replacement as we speak. So while Nottingham are likely to let him go, it doesn’t appear that Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen are interested in making the deal permanent.
Meanwhile Kenny Miller is gone – his deal technically expires on Friday, but there is no word of interest from the new management about offering him an extension, while a host of SPL clubs absolutely are interested in a fine free agent, including Hibernian whose manager Neil Lennon has made no secret of his admiration. Miller is certainly weighing up his options. The closest we got to confirmation was Josh Windass’ social media post mourning over the lack of proper send off.
David Bates, as we know, left for Bundesliga 2 side Hamburg, leaving Rangers with just two senior defenders as things currently stand. But at least he got a club announcement!
Sean Goss too found his time in Govan ending with a whimper and suffering gross mismanagement. But QPR were never wanting to sell.
Youth player Jordan Thompson also headed off for pastures new – his contract, like Miller’s was not renewed so the midfielder is a free agent for anyone who fancies signing him up.
Meanwhile Ryan Hardie is in the same boat – contract expires at the end of this week and no word on a new deal – we cannot see him retaining his shirt at the club.
Lee Wallace is another whose future is uncertain at best and bleak at worst. Having consulted a specialist earlier this month, the prognosis for the club captain is not ideal – further surgery makes him harder to sell, due to his inability to pass a medical, while in the best case scenario he is fit for pre-season training but doesn’t have a club – Wallace has one year left on his deal and Rangers would likely sell if a buyer came in.
The definitely gone:
David Bates, Russell Martin, Sean Goss, Jordan Thompson, Kenny Miller.
The almost definitely gone:
Ryan Hardie, Jason Cummings.
Expect further turnover in due course.