There’s no denying some movement will take place in January at Ibrox, but it’s widely-accepted most of it will be departures, and, in most cases, those of expendable personnel unneeded under Steven Gerrard.
Ibrox Noise takes you through a pile of the players who just aren’t needed any more.
Let’s face it, his Ibrox days are numbered. Even when Rangers suffered a crisis some months ago on the left wing with barely a player available on that side the former Brighton man still wasn’t considered. Gerrard tried to loan him out in the summer but it didn’t materialise and deep into November and the attacker still isn’t in the picture. If the right offer comes in (loan or permanent) we can’t see anyone rejecting it.
Strong rumours he’ll be on his way in the winter – loan or permanent we can’t be sure, but given he’s completely out of the picture under Stevie it’s a waste of a talented 23-year old who has much more to offer than an occasional seat on the bench. We’ve not heard any concrete links as of yet but plenty of sides would want this lad.
Came amidst some fanfare almost a year ago but has faded into obscurity – the one-time USA cap would have expected more than 4 appearances for Rangers in all this time, but cannot displace captain James Tavernier, or get a foot in the door in midfield either. Either he’s happy picking up his wage or he’s one who’ll seek first-team football elsewhere in January.
Rangers aren’t thrilled with this guy. The spitting incident aside, there seems to be mild bad blood where it comes to him, and the sooner we can get him off the books the better. He’s a waste of a wage, but Rangers don’t want to lose a potentially valuable asset for pennies. We don’t want to do another Fabio Cardoso or even Daniel Candeias.
Maybe a shock selection but he’s not being given a sniff of the first team and at only 21 this promising young defender surely isn’t content with being on the bench every week. They do say to bide your time but then other players of his age haven’t had to – look at Ojo. Either way, Edmundson may be considering his options come January – not a great idea for his career to waste away in the dugout and get no first-team football.
We’re at a complete loss as to why we signed this guy. A simple cease of loan and return to parent club seems the best bet for all concerned.
With Borna Barisic and James Tavernier monopolising the fullback slots Flanagan has become a bit of a dead rubber. Sure, he may be happy fitting in as a squad player and making occasional appearances, but these are meant to be the best years of his career and he’s not doing much at Ibrox now.
There are other players, but those are probably the main ones in terms of the chafe.
Anyone else you’d get shot of? Any of these you totally disagree with?