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Rangers fans react to news Andy Halliday and Jason Holt will be leaving

Steven Gerrard has informed Rangers pair they can leave Glasgow as he continues Ibrox revamp.

Mathew Nash

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It appears Rangers are ready to let two of their more experienced players go this summer, according to reports in Scotland this week. The Scottish Sun is reporting that new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has informed both Andy Halliday and Jason Holt that they can leave the club this summer.

Both players were signed by former Gers boss Mark Warburton. Halliday, a lifelong Rangers fan, joined the club on a free transfer from Bradford in 2015 and helped the side win promotion to the Premiership in his first season at the club.

His career at Ibrox has not been uneventful, with a now infamous bust-up with Joey Barton and a loan spell in Azerbaijan with Gabala after falling foul of Pedro Caixinha.

Holt arrived from Hearts following a successful loan spell with Sheffield United in the same summer. He also played a crucial role in the club’s promotion back to the top-flight.

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However, what has become clear in recent months, is that the duo are not good enough for Rangers if they want to catch Old Firm rivals Celtic.

The pair are limited in terms of their ability and, simply put, they are not good enough to take Rangers back to the top of Scottish football.

With that in mind, Gerrard would rather clear them off the Ibrox wage-bill and bring in some fresh faces to Glasgow.

One thing that cannot be doubted however is the pair’s commitment. Both always gave their all for the badge and, for that, Rangers fans will always show their appreciation. No doubt the Ibrox faithful will wish them all the best in their next move…

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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  1. nEIL tHOMSON

    June 14, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    getting RID OF ALL THE PLAYER WHO BUST A GUT FOR RANGERS mILLER, wALLACE, HOLT, HALLIDAY AND NOT ONE QUALITY SINGING. DOES THIA A H KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING

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Connor Goldson desperate for trophies at Rangers in near future

The new Rangers man is keen to bring the glory days back to Ibrox.

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Fans were jubilant last week after securing the signing of impressive defender Connor Goldson from Brighton & Hove Albion last week, and the 25-year-old is bringing the mentality required to bring “revolution” to Ibrox in the near future.

Goldson has revealed his desire to win trophies with the Scottish giants, in quotes via the official club website, and sees the new manager Steven Gerrard as a major turning point in the club’s fortunes.

The Gers have failed to win silverware since their return to the Scottish top-flight in 2016, and have chopped and changed managers regularly, with Gerrard now the third manager to take the reins following Mark Warburton’s dismissal in March of last year.

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But Goldson is undeterred by previous seasons and believes the club will re-establish themselves as contenders on all fronts in Scotland next term.

“It is more team targets that interest me. I want to win things and I have always been in teams that have won things,” the Englishman revealed.

“That is a reason for coming here. I’ve said to the manager – I don’t want to come here and just play good football and not win things. I want to come here and win trophies, and I think that’s what the fans are craving. They’re craving success and we need to build a team is able to give them that.”

The Wolverhampton-born defender claims the arrival of Gerrard was a major factor in his decision to join Rangers, and believes he will instil a winning mentality at Ibrox that players will buy into, while revealing he is also keen to become a leader on that front.

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“He [Gerrard] wants to bring a winning mentality to the football club, and I am all for that. I have been lucky to have been in winning teams, being promoted a couple of times, and that is what I want to do here.”

Gerrard is coming into an extremely demanding job and will need to have the courage to well and truly shake things up at the club, because bitter rivals Celtic are showing no signs of faltering in recent times – having won the unprecedented ‘double-treble’ this term.

The Hoops have dominated everyone in the Scottish Premiership since Gerrard’s former boss Brendan Rodgers took over at Parkhead two-years back, and if Rangers can secure silverware in their first season under new management it would indicate a very successful year, and the club could build on it in the near future.

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Rangers will hope Nikola Katic can become their Virgil van Dijk

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has brought Nikola Katic to Ibrox and will hope he can have a similar impact as a former hero across Glasgow.

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Rangers recently snapped up the signature of Nikola Katic from Slaven Belupo. The one-cap Croatia international cost a fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be in the region of £1.5 million. It was a deal which had Rangers fans frantically Googling the 21-year-old.

What they have found has fans in Glasgow excited. Katic is a brilliant young talent and the sort of foreign recruit that Rangers used to make. In recent times most of Rangers’ recruits have been homegrown talent or run-of-the-mill players from south of the border.

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Last summer they snapped up Alfredo Morelos, an inspired piece of business despite his frustrating habits. This year, Katic looks like an even better catch.

His former sporting director has this week stated he can go on to become the next Dejan Lovren, the £20 million Liverpool defender.

However, it is the man he partners at Liverpool that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will hope he can emulate. Virgil van Dijk was plucked from relative obscurity by Celtic back in 2013 from Groningen.

He went on to become Scottish football’s standout defender and earned a move to Southampton. Now the world’s most expensive centre-back at £75 million, Rangers fans can only hope that Katic can have a similar impact at Ibrox as the Dutchman did at Parkhead.

If he can, then Rangers have found themselves an absolute gem.

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Rangers round-up: Goldson done, Dodoo leaves and Skrtel back on?

the latest news and gossip from Ibrox as Rangers bring a new player to Glasgow.

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Goldson done

Rangers have completed the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson. The Ibrox side have signed the 25-year-old to strengthen their defensive resolve and he joins on a four-year deal.

He played just eight games last season after recovering from preventative heart surgery in February 2017.

The centre-back joins for a fee reported by the Shropshire Star to be in the region of £3 million, with Shrewsbury Town set to receive a six-figure fee as part of the deal.

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Dodoo gone

Joe Dodoo will not be a part of Rangers’ plans next season, as he leaves on loan. The 22-year-old joined Rangers back in 2016 after impressing with his former club Leicester City.

The speedy attacker scored five goals in just 27 games as he struggled to make an impact in Glasgow.

He will now spend next season on loan at Blackpool in League One, with the club hoping to push for promotion.

Skrtel back on?

It seems as though Martin Skrtel could still end up at Rangers this summer. The former Liverpool player was targeted by his ex-teammate and new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard earlier this summer.

No deal ever came about, but it is now being reported that he could be involved in a move to Ibrox, if Alfredo Morelos heads the other way.

Yeni Akit claims that the Istanbul club wants the Colombian striker this summer. The report suggests that Skrtel would be used as a makeweight in any deal for the Rangers striker this summer.

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