Michael Beale’s revelations today that Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos have not been offered new Rangers deals did of course come in the company of the similar doozy that in fact no current player out of contract has been offered a new deal, and earlier comments following Sunday’s loss hint that every single one of those players will be leaving the club.
Rangers have 10 players expiring this summer;
Kieran Wright, Filip Helander, Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield and Malik Tillman.
Nine of those, of course, are permanent deals, one is an expiring loan, and Beale’s testimony today that not a single one of them has been offered a contract yet is quite the change for Rangers.
What we don’t understand is why the likes of Jon McLaughlin and Ianis Hagi got new contracts recently, despite one being rubbish and the other a potential write-off, when the policy in general seems to be infinitely more cautious.
We suspect the club may have learned from those expensive errors, with Hagi as far away as ever from first team action, and McLaughlin absolutely ridiculously below standard.
But the others, the 10? As things stand, Beale has inferred all 10 of those will leave – he’s bigged up a few of them in the press, but when push comes to shove, most of those who started on Sunday on that list let him down, while the ones who didn’t are surplus anyway.
The big clue though?
Beale has publicly stated the Rangers squad needs trimming – it is way too big for the return the club is getting, and there are far too many injuries and players not giving back on their wage.
We would not be shocked at all if all 10 of the players on the list above are freed in the summer, because for one reason or another, very few of them are giving value for their contracts any more.
The only ones we’d keep on Ibrox Noise are Scott Arfield and Ryan Kent. But it’s not up to us and you probably won’t agree with us anyway.
Either way, we expect an exodus this summer.