Rangers transfers: 8 players linked with move to Ibrox as Michael Beale plans summer rebuild to catch Celtic
Beale currently has 31 first-team players at his disposal, albeit a number of those are injured. Then you have the younger ones on the fringes, those looking to emerge and breakthrough and then those on loan. When they are all added up it brings the total close to 50. It is a bloated squad and one which is need of trimming. It is expected that this summer will see somewhat of a clear out, not only to bring the numbers down but also make room for new arrivals. Eleven players are on deals which expire this summer, while there will be a number of stars under contract who are likely moved on with Scott Wright and Jon McLaughlin reported to fall into that category.
In terms of recruitment, Beale, earlier this year, suggested at least five new arrivals. Following a disappointing end to the season with Celtic heading for a domestic treble that number could easily double as the club’s head coach aims to have the majority of his business done in time for pre-season in order to put in place the direction of travel as they look to close the gap to their rivals. The good news for the club is that they do not enter Europe, the Champions League third qualifying round to be specific, until after the start of the league season.
Unsurprisingly, Rangers have already been linked with a raft of potential new signings. The Old Firm are a dream for agents in terms of getting their clients’ names out there meaning both clubs will be touted with an interest in many more individuals over the coming weeks and months. Here are eight players who have been linked with a move to Ibrox this summer...
The Norwich City playmaker has, according to a Daily Record report, agreed to move to Rangers at the end of his contract at the Canaries and will sign a three-year deal having held talks with Beale. The 25-year-old is capable of playing a variety of midfield and attacking roles and has significant English Championship experience but has been out since February with a knee ligament injury.
Beale has been keen to address the goalkeeping situation at Ibrox. Allan McGregor is the current No.1 but the 41-year-old is out of contract in the summer and neither Robby McCrorie or Jon McLaughlin have managed to hold down the spot. Butland, an England international, is on loan at Manchester United from Crystal Palace but is another whose deal expires at the end of the season. The 30-year-old has made 300 appearances at club and international level, his best period in terms of a run of games came at Stoke City across the 2017/18, 18/19 and 19/20 seasons in the Premier League and Championship.
The Swansea City forward was a key target for Rangers in the January transfer window but the Ibrox side had bids rejected by the Welsh side. He was recalled by the Swans in January after a successful first half of the season on loan at Plymouth Argyle who have just won promotion to the Championship. A versatile forward, his goals and assists attracted attention from around Europe. Rangers are likely to return for a player who has been a bit-part presence in the second half of the campaign.
It had been reported that Rangers would look to take advantage of Willock's contract situation and sign the winger in the summer when his QPR deal expires. The 25-year-old former Arsenal youngster worked with Beale during the Ibrox boss’ spell with the Londoners. It was a link shot down by Beale last week. He said: "There’s no interest in Chris Willock or any QPR players. We won’t be going to them. I’ve been busy with others this week.”
Another player who is on an expiring contract. The 26-year-old is a left winger who can also play as a wing-back. He has not been a first-team regular for Nantes and has spoken about addressing his future in the summer as he searches for more game time.
The 22-year-old is familiar to Beale having worked with the Rangers boss during his time in the Chelsea academy. A centre-back who has represented England at various levels and won the World Cup with the Under-17s, Panzo has played in the Belgian and French top-flights. He is currently at Coventry City in the Championship. Out of contract this summer.
Signed by Beale for QPR at the start of the season. An athletic and disruptive midfield presence, the teenager has been a key player for QPR, starting 28 times. Beale was effusive in his praise of the midfielder when he signed him on loan from Aston Villa.
A 23-year-old Honduran international. The left winger could be viewed as a replacement for Ryan Kent, capable of playing through the middle. Palma has had an excellent season in the Greek top-flight with Aris Saloniki with 18 goal contributions including 11 goals. It is form which has attracted interest from both England and Turkey and with his contract running until 2026 he would likely cost a seven-figure fee to sign.
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