The SMSM is ramping up its efforts to get Michael Beale into a position whereby he can win his first ever trophy as manager, not just at the Newco but anywhere for that matter.
The rookie has been offered advice on how to reshape the Ibrox outfit by Football Scotland and it is fanciful at best and outright deluded at worst.
Read this and try not to laugh, it seems Football Scotland mixed up the words deadwood and assets.
Football Scotland takes a look at five players who could be sold to bring in money for Beale to spend.
The most obvious option if Rangers want to raise some cash in the summer. The midfielder has been impressive for the club during his time at Ibrox but after seeing a move to France fall through last summer, he’s not quite hit the heights he previously has.
Michael Beale’s return was expected to get him back to his best but he’s struggled for game time under the Englishman since Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell have made themselves first picks. He’s been an unused substitute in four of Rangers last six games, with his two appearances coming in 12 and 13 minutes substitute appearances late in games.
But at 27, Kamara is reaching his prime and is a regular in the Finland team. He’s also got great experience in Europe and would count as homegrown in England, there’s no reason to think that he couldn’t earn a move to a decent level and bring in a few million for Rangers – even if it isn’t the £8m-10m they once hoped for.
The Romanian has only just signed a new deal at the club but like Kamara, it feels like he’s one of the few players in the Rangers squad where they could bring in a few million. The playmaker has been unable to really find a regular starting place in the Rangers team over the years he’s been at the club but there is always plenty of interest in him. As well as being a talented player himself, he’s got a famous name on the back of his shirt and that also helps bring his value up a bit.
Beale is believed to be a big fan of Hagi but if the Ibrox club get an offer around what they paid for him or slightly more, you’d be surprised if Rangers knocked it back.
The Scouser has gone from best on earth to ‘what on earth has happened?’ over the last year but there’s no doubt there is a good player there. But with one year left on his deal, it might be time to cash in on him and let him head back down south where there would be plenty of interest from the Championship and perhaps the lower end of the Premier League given his form in the run to the Europa League Final and his previous success with Sheffield United at that level.
It’s likely that Rangers will look to bring in a midfielder in the summer and with the likes of Nico Raskin, Todd Cantwell and Ryan Jack (if he signs a new deal) ahead of him in the pecking order then Lundstram might fancy a return to England to continue playing regularly at a good level.
The Croatian has had a bit of a mixed time at Rangers and splits opinion in the fanbase, but the reality is he has been one of the club’s most consistent players this season. He’s got two goals and 13 assists in all competitions this season but like Lundstram, has just a year left on his deal.
It feels more likely that he would see his contract out and leave on a free next summer but with Ridvan Yilmaz entering his second season at the club, Rangers will want to see more of a return from the money they’ve spent on the Turkish youngster than they got this year.
The former Liverpool defender only signed in the summer and while he has shown some ability alongside Connor Goldson, it’s not quite worked out as well as Rangers would have hoped for the money paid for him. Davies missed the early part of the season through injury but has been a regular in the team since. His mistake at Celtic Park when he made a poor attempt at heading the ball and gave it straight to Jota turned some supporters against him but his heading ability has been questioned on more than one occasion this season.
At 27, he’s not quite lived up to the £4million transfer fee and if Rangers could recoup that cash by finding a buyer in the English Championship again. He’s spent most of his career at that level and wouldn’t find it hard to find someone who wants him there, but Rangers will want to get the majority, if not all, of that cash back if they were to sell him but it is an option if Beale wants to improve his spending power.
So there you have it….
John Lundstram is on £22,000 a week and was openly pleading for an extension last week, there will be very few clubs willing to pay that a week and give any form of a fee to The Rangers meaning he will likely run his contract down.
Glenn Kamara is a decent shout for a few million, they bought him for just £50,000 and his wages aren’t that high, that said he has fallen by the way side to become a bit part player who can’t hold a spot in a team that is 12 behind the leaders.
Ben Davies is honking, how they spent £4 million on him I will never know, that said they have little to no chance of getting him off the wage bill let alone recouping their transfer, he was made to look foolish in the last derby and will have the joy of doing it again at Hampden and Ibrox.
Let’s just get a few figures straight here, Borna had a £2 million bid knocked back by Sevco, he is worth less than that now, Hagi is always injured, he would be lucky to bring in a million despite todays fantasy headlines that he is subject to a £3 million bid.
When you think that Morelos, Kent, Jack, McGregor, Helander, Arfield, Wright and Davis are all out of contract at seasons end and most to old or injured to sign back on and Tillman likely to be sent back to Bayern, losing all these players for less than £5 million together will be more trouble than good for Beale.
You never know, maybe they will have a few more confetti share issues and go buy a bunch of superstars, well at least part of that sentence is likely.