Steven Gerrard has admitted he has some fears about the remaining days of the European transfer window being open. The Ibrox boss has some lingering fear that he may be forced into selling some of Rangers’ best players if the price is right.
He made it clear to the Daily Record that he does expect some of his fringe players to go, but is also wary that some of Ibrox’s finest talent could still make the move away from Glasgow.
“We’ll find out in the coming days. I predict that a bid will land for one of my players. I think you’ll see some movement out…I’m comfortable in certain situations with certain personnel going out and playing football, players who are maybe not in my plans.
“What I’m not comfortable with is if a bid comes out of the blue for a player that is in my plans, that’s when I would have a decision to make.
“At the end of the day it’s their money, the players are owned by the board. I want to keep as many good players as I can but I’m also not stupid enough to realise that if a bid comes for a player and the board accept it then it’s a tough position for me to be in.”
Whilst some have viewed this as a potential declaration regarding James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos, it seems that might be a little extreme.
Those are the two players at Rangers most likely to be interesting European clubs still at this point in the transfer window.
However, Gerrard was clearly referring to fringe talent at Rangers such as Eros Grezda, Graham Dorrans and Jason Holt when he spoke about players who could be leaving Ibrox.
The Rangers boss is perhaps playing it safe with the fans. If a club from Europe comes in with a £20 million bid for Morelos or Tavernier, the Ibrox supporters are fully aware that Rangers might have to accept. Gerrard is just preparing fans for the worst although, at this point, it does not seem as though either of Rangers. Marquee stars are heading for the exit door.