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.
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…
Not bothered about Halliday and Holt leaving because both of them are not good enough but I hope Wallace stays https://t.co/0m1V86sdk3
— Rangers Forever (@WATPForever) June 13, 2018
Halliday & Holt ???
— Chloe (@chloerossxxx) June 14, 2018
Feel sorry for holt and halliday as I honestly thought they gave their all in every game they played, but sometimes their all just isn’t what rangers need, we require better, and I genuinely wish them all the best if they move on, right decision for all,
— John Belton (@johnbelton1) June 14, 2018
I think its refreshing that we’re clearing out mediocre players who didn’t perform. Cummings goes in the same “not quite good enough” category as Holt and Halliday for me. We need a striker, McBurnie would be a great signing, but let’s not just sign someone for the sake of it.
— Paul Butler (@PB_IDL_Darts) June 14, 2018
Neither ultimately good enough but can’t fault either. Halliday gave everything but doesn’t have the quality and Holt has proved himself to be a terrific professional any time he has stepped in to the team. Good luck to both. https://t.co/mZZlep7N7w
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) June 14, 2018
Thank God. Holt and Halliday free to go. Moh almost away. Wallace to speak to Gerrard on Friday
— Blair Gorman (@Blairgorman86) June 14, 2018
Good luck to Jason holt and Andy Halliday thanks for everything lads ????????????????
— british and proud (@dempster_gary) June 14, 2018
Why are so many fans upset holt and Halliday are leaving ? 2 seasons in a row complete failures get them out there not good enough never where good enough
— Rab mcclymont (@mcc_rab) June 13, 2018
You just know Holt to Hearts, Halliday to Livingston, both to score winners against Rangers is set in stone
— Liam McNaughton (@LiamMcNaughton) June 13, 2018
I’ve nothing personal against Halliday and Holt but they are just not good enough. They have to go this summer. No ifs, buts, maybes or more chances. This should be the end of the road for them at Rangers, simply has to be. We need far better to compete.
— Kirsten (@kirsten93_) June 13, 2018
If rumours r true re: Andy Halliday & Jason Holt leaving,I’d just like 2 wish both all the best for the future,2 very committed,dedicated & passionate players we’ve had over the last 2yrs or so,Halliday especially impressed me when he was sent on loan,then came bk! ????
— Richard Ewings (@EwingsRichard) June 13, 2018
Jason Holt and Andy Halliday appreciation tweet.
If rumours of them leaving are true then I’m sure they leave with the best wishes.
— Marty (@Marty3007) June 13, 2018
Rangers fans will be pleased Dynamo Kiev deal collapsed for Borna Barisic last summer
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard brought Borna Barisic to Ibrox this summer and he’s already impressed in Glasgow.
It is fair to say that Rangers have been impressed with the early signs from Croatian newbie Borna Barisic. The £2.2 million signing from Osijek impressed in the 2-0 win over St Mirren at the weekend, playing 62 minutes on his debut.
Rangers fans know what the left-back is capable of. They faced him in the Europa League qualifiers earlier this season. The Croatian international looks like being a future star for Rangers and the Ibrox faithful will hope he continues to improve under Steven Gerrard.
They will also be thankful that a transfer deal that looked all set and done for last summer never went through.
“I had agreed everything with Dynamo Kiev and then I do not know what happened…
“In the end Kiev went to (Josip) Pivaric, a great guy, who is certainly not guilty, but I had missed the transfer, everything was clear, someone had undermined it.”
The new Glasgow hero nearly headed to Kiev in the summer of 2017. As reported by Sportske Jutarnji, the player had agreed to join Dynamo Kiev last August.
A deal looked as good as done for the player. However, at the last minute, it fell apart. Instead, Kiev signed his Croatian compatriot Josip Pivaric.
Rangers fans will no doubt be pleased this deal fell apart. As a result, they have a top left-back at Ibrox who could go on to be a real star for Gerrard’s team.
Whoever managed to break up the Barisic to Kiev deal, deserves a big thank you from the Ibrox faithful.
Three things Rangers fans learnt after victory over St. Mirren: Discipline concerns
Steven Gerrard picked up his first league win as Rangers boss as the team in blue overcame newly promoted St. Mirren. Alfredo Morelos and Conor Goldson raced the team into an early lead with a promising start.
Then, a sending off for a rash challenge from Ross McCrorie gave the visitors hope though it was not enough for them to work their way back into the game as they were forced to settle for defeat.
Here’s what we can take from the game:
Discipline is a concern
Two SPL games and two red cards is not the start that Steven Gerrard would have wanted. A hot head in his younger days as a player, he knows all about that aspect of the game but will be keen to stamp it out from his Rangers side as quickly as possible.
“I thought the officials were really, really good today. They got the decision spot-on and we’ve got no complaints. I’ve spoken to the team and praised them for the result. But I’ve also spoken about discipline and composure out there. It’s difficult enough with 11 men. We’re picking up too many red and yellow cards for my liking. But we’ll learn, grow and keep going.”
Yet again the dismissal came in the first half, though fortunately for Ross McCrorie his team had already built up a two goal lead. Having just returned to the team, he could live to regret making such a rash mistake.
Overturning Alfredo Morelos’ ban was crucial
He could have been watching from the stands but instead, just inside the quarter of an hour mark, his high press and composed finish showed just why Rangers need him fit and firing if they are to push Celtic for the title this season.
Whereas last week showed the worst of his game, Morelos looked more at home at Ibrox and the pent up frustration on show last weekend was no longer visible. Now, he has to cut it out of his game completely.
Gerrard’s project remains a work in progress
It can be hard to judge a team based on performances with ten men, particularly two weeks in a row, but there are signs of progress already. There can be no denying that Rangers are not yet the finished package but it is beginning to come together for Gerrard.
Conor Goldson can be pleased with his goal and the side included several other new arrivals this summer including the likes of Borna Barisic, Jon Flanagan, Allan McGregor and young loanees Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria. It will take them some time to adapt.
Rear-view mirror best place for Lee Wallace after Borna Barisic arrival
The Croatian’s arrival at Ibrox should see Steven Gerrard send Wallace away from Rangers this summer.
Yesterday saw Rangers secure yet another excellent signing. The Glasgow side snapped up Croatian international Borna Barisic from recent Europa League opponents Osijek in a deal reported to be worth around £2.2 million.
The 25-year-old left-back arrives to provide competition for fellow summer recruit John Flanagan, who has impressed at Ibrox so far.
But his arrival has seemingly spelled the end for Declan John. The Welshman will reportedly join Swansea City on loan this week.
So what does it mean for Rangers veteran Lee Wallace?
The 31-year-old is currently embroiled in a dispute with the club following an incident after the 4-0 cup semi-final defeat to Celtic involving Graeme Murty and Kenny Miller.
He is also still recovering from a long-term hernia problem.
But with the arrival of Barisic, Wallace’s position at the club has just been made redundant. Even with John leaving, Rangers now have two better options at left-back than the experienced Scotland international.
Wallace, who has played over 250 games for Rangers, is no longer needed by the club. Considering the baggage that comes with him it is time that the Glasgow side moved on and left Wallace by the wayside.
He has done some great things for the club, but this is a new era under Steven Gerrard. Wallace, should be left in the rearview.
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