The Athletic’s Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell has hinted at a potential Rangers departure in the centre-back position.
This comes after the development that the Glasgow club has signed centre-back Jack Simpson from EFL Championship side Bournemouth on a pre-contract agreement, and it‘s been claimed that Gers boss Steven Gerrard wants him to join his side this month, rather than for next season.
What Rangers departure hint has Campbell dropped?
Campbell recently wrote an article for The Athletic in which he took a retrospective look at Gerrard’s first 150 games in charge of the Gers.
In the comment section of that article, the Rangers reporter was asked by one reader if the Glasgow club is “looking to” sell either George Edmundson or Nikola Katic, following the news that they’ve signed Simpson on a pre-contract, with that particular Rangers fan indicating that they don’t understand why Simpson would be signed otherwise.
Campbell responded to that question by declaring that Simpson is “a name that has done the rounds for some time” at Ibrox, indicating that the decision to snap him up has not been made in haste.
He went on to issue an nine-word hint on the possibility that at least one centre-back will depart from Ibrox on Simpson’s arrival, saying: “six centre backs would be too many for sure” after suggesting that only time will tell what the future holds for Katic or Edmundson.
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So, while Campbell hasn’t outright declared that Rangers will be selling one or two centre-backs, he does seem to think that this is something the Glasgow club will now be thinking about.
It may be understandable why that would be the case, given that Gerrard has only set his side up in formations that utilise two centre-backs in both the Premiership and the UEFA Europa League this term, per WhoScored, so perhaps having three options for each of those two positions could be viewed as excessive.
With Rangers making far less from player sales than their Old Firm rivals Celtic in recent years, perhaps this would represent an opportunity to increase their revenue in this area by cashing in on a player in a stacked position and it will be interesting to see if the decision-makers at Ibrox share that view.
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