Steven Gerrard has already brought in seven new faces to Rangers this summer and has admitted he wants more but with a bloated squad he could fund the last few deals by trimming some of the excess fat at the club.
The competition for places at Ibrox looks as strong as its ever been but there are a lot of players still at the club that won’t be expected to play all that often that could make way for better players in positions that Gerrard is still looking to strengthen. Gerrard could still be looking to add to his defence with a left-back and central defender the two most likely areas of the squad to be strengthened in this window and if he’s to bring in players that are better than what he’s got it won’t be cheap.
One player who could be shipped away from Ibrox to free-up some space on the wage bill is Kyle Lafferty. Signed from Hearts last season the striker never really established himself in the side as Alfredo Morelos kept scoring (when he wasn’t suspended) and the arrival of Jermain Defoe in January meant Lafferty’s time on the pitch was hampered even further. The Northern Irishman has been linked to Thai Super League champions Buriram United and at 31-years-old will surely want to be playing regular football over being third-choice striker (at best) for Rangers. Lafferty will be on a decent wage for a back-up who’s far from vital to Gerrard and could potentially bring in a decent fee that could be reinvested in the defence.
Another such player who never really got their career at Rangers going and could be moved on is Graham Dorrans. A lifelong fan of The Gers you have to be made of stone to not feel even a hint of sadness towards Dorrans: signed by his boyhood club and expected to be a key player as they went chasing a 55th league title yet his Ibrox career has been blighted by injuries and he’s fallen way down the pecking order of Rangers’ midfielders. Dorrans will likely move on this summer knowing his Rangers career will be one big ‘what if?’ but it could give Gerrard some additional funds while looking for new players.
Wes Foderingham was the club’s number one before Gerrard and Allan McGregor arrived at Ibrox last summer but has since gone on to be the club’s back-up. Foderingham is a proven goalkeeper at this level and the phrase ‘too good to be a back-up’ springs to mind when looking at the 28-year-old Englishman. There have been no signs that the former Swindon keeper is leaving Rangers this summer but if freeing Foderingham meant Gerrard could get the last of his transfer targets to Ibrox then the former Liverpool captain would surely move on his back-up goalie and promote Jak Alnwick to second-choice.
By adding to the quantity on the outgoings list Gerrard could add to the quality of the incomings at Ibrox this summer.