It’s June 2nd now and a lot of chopping and changing is very much underway at Ibrox in earnest. Summer departures are now flowing and Ibrox Noise takes you through the latest Rangers exodus, notable player by notable player.
End of contract:
Lee Wallace; we’ve covered this one, but he’s now departed to pastures new, and we hope he gets a gig worthy of his loyalty to us.
Lee Hodson; disappeared out the back door as quietly as Wallace, Hodson’s deal expired on June 1 and it’s likely St Mirren will snap him up permanently on a very useful free. We wish him the best and he’ll be remembered well for silencing both Dembele and Sinclair at Parkhead once upon a time.
Gareth McAuley; Stevie just didn’t fancy this guy for right or wrong, despite his impressive leadership and Connor Goldson’s best season form mostly benefiting from the NI international by his side. The veteran stopper moves onto a new stage of his career.
Graham Dorrans; word is he’s to be let go with a contract termination. Probably the usual ‘mutual consent’ palaver. It’s a shame, because he’s one of the most talented players we have, but just isn’t in Gerrard’s plans or anyone’s trust to remain fit.
Myles Beerman; sure, more of an Academy fringe player than anything, but the Maltese international, who rose to prominence under Pedro Caixinha, is no longer at Ibrox and will pursue his future elsewhere. Did not bad, let’s face it, but struggled against Celtic and it could be argued the Portuguese’ misguided deployment of him in that match ruined his Rangers career.
End of loan:
Ryan Kent; the biggie, we all know Kent’s loan deal expired and he’s back at Anfield with Aston Villa his likely destination. He’ll take his time choosing, and he did love his time at Ibrox, but he’s not going to come cheap and we can’t offer him Premier League football either.
Joe Worrall; back at Forest, Worrall was done at Ibrox months ago, after Nikola Katic regained his slot again. Decent enough guy and very honest, maybe too honest. Forest is his team and we have no grudge against him. Hopefully he makes a decent fist of it for Martin O’Neill’s side.
Lassana Coulibaly; we all forgot about this guy didn’t we? Back at Angers, Coulibaly promised the earth inside the first month or two of his time at Rangers, but for various reasons he absolutely sunk without trace and was barely seen in the second half of the campaign. What a crushing disappointment he ended up being.
Jermain Defoe; technically his loan is actually up now, but the contract is that it recurs with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth having first refusal on his return. We can’t imagine any reason they’d want him back but it’s still a possibility.
And those are the main ones for now. Any we’ve overlooked hit us up in the comments.