Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that a few players will be moved on by the club in next month’s transfer window.
The Scottish Sun reported quotes from the 39-year-old in which he said that some players will be let go, although he refused to divulge any clues as to who will be shown the door.
Gerrard said: “There will be people leaving the football club in the window but I respect my players and won’t name any individuals for now.
“You have to be honest with players and respect them. Unfortunately, we can only pick an 18-man squad.” [via The Scottish Sun]
Although Gerrard abstained from identifying those who could be moved on next month, the Daily Record claimed that Jamie Murphy, Greg Docherty and Matt Polster will all be made available for transfer.
According to the Daily Record, Andy King’s loan spell from Leicester will be terminated prematurely while Glenn Middleton is set to be recalled from his loan at Hibernian but could be loaned out again.
All three players made available for transfer have barely featured for the club this season – Polster has had just 212 minutes of game-time but still played more than Docherty (171 minutes) and Murphy (53 minutes). [via TransferMarkt]
King joined on loan in August but has played a grand total of 69 minutes from five substitute appearances, the last of which came against Livingston in the Betfred Cup nearly three months ago. [via TransferMarkt]
Teenage winger Middleton has shown glimpses of his potential at Rangers, with five goals and five assists in 28 games last season, but has played just eight times for Hibernian so far this term and not featured since October.
Gerrard has already used 28 players this season, 11 of whom have played fewer than 500 minutes, so it seems unsurprising that he wants to trim his squad by giving some of his fringe players a chance to obtain game-time elsewhere.
However, selling Murphy outright would seem a bit harsh considering that he has been dogged by a cruciate ligament injury incurred in August 2018 and had been in fine form with six goals and 13 assists in 27 games for the club prior to then – perhaps a loan move to get him some much-needed action would be the best call.
Also, while Eros Grezda was not named among the likely departures by the Daily Record, he has failed to even make a matchday squad this season, so it should not come as a great surprise if he was offloaded next month.
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