Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, has made no secret of the fact that he wants to build a squad that can push for the Premiership title next season, and that includes keeping his best players and making significant signings.
The problems of the past for the Ibrox club, however, mean a more frugal approach to transfer windows now, with Gerrard likely to suffer due to previous regimes’ lavish over-spending.
So if that is the case, and Gerrard is not afforded the budget he hopes for, he will have to perform a balancing act between keeping players, and generating extra funds, which will mean weighing up which players he will listen to offers for, and which he will keep at all costs.
It is not ideal for a side whose rivals have a monopoly on winning titles in recent years, and a fan-base at Ibrox desperate to wrestle the Glasgow power back in their direction.
So when talk appears, like today, of interest from the Premier League for one of his players, it will be up to Gerrard to decide if he is willing to sell, and if so, at what price.
The Daily Mail report that Scott Arfield — who has been impressive for Rangers since signing from Burnley in July — is attracting interest from Southampton.
If any interest is firmed up when the transfer window opens, and his budget is, as expected, not as vast as he would like, Gerrard will have a dilemma.
He would dearly love to keep the player, but a decent offer of over £3 million, for a player currently valued by Transfermarkt.co.uk at £2.25m, would represent a good amount for someone who will turn 31 in November.
For a player that has showed excellent form — scoring 11 goals, with seven assists from his 42 appearances for the Gers — it would surely have to be an offer north of that £3m mark to have Gerrard interested.
As long as any funds received were ploughed back into strengthening the team, with players like Greg Docherty and Glenn Middleton likely to be considered for the starting lineup next season, it may well be a deal that makes sense for Rangers in both a financial, and footballing, context.
The one thing Rangers must not do, though, is be seen as a feeder club for English sides, and they must not sell any of their stars on the cheap.
What do you think, Rangers fans? Would you cash in on Arfied for a decent fee? Who would you like Gerrard to bring to Ibrox this summer? Let us know your thoughts…
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