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Three players Rangers must replace this summer

It is set to be a busy summer transfer window at Ibrox.

Ruari Macneil

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It is safe to say that Rangers have come under a fair amount of criticism this season in their second campaign back in Scotland’s top flight, whether that be fully warranted or not.

The club is still under huge financial strain and had clearly appointed a manager that was not up to the task in Pedro Caixinha.

Graeme Murty may not be the man for the job, either.

However, as a novice head coach, the Englishman can still hold his head high and probably deserves more credit than he and the club have been given, considering the difficult circumstances under which he was thrust into the Ibrox hot seat.

Nevertheless, this summer the Rangers squad needs a significant overhaul and there are definitely more than three players that need replacing.

We have selected a trio of individuals, who we believe should be let go in the best interest of the club.

Bruno Alves

Portugal legend Bruno Alves may be an A-list type signing for Rangers.

However, as the centre-half has proven over the course of the season, his best days are probably behind him.

If the Gers were still currently trying to fight their way through the lower leagues and back into the top flight, Alves may have bee better suited under these circumstances.

Nonetheless, as the club now looks to mount any challenge towards Celtic, they need a top quality centre-back pairing whose fitness they can rely on.

Unfortunately for the Gers, Alves has proven neither of those things.

Next season, the former Porto star will be turning 37 year of age, and given his astronomical wages, the best option would be simply to cut ties.

Fabio Cardoso

Another Portuguese centre-back, Fabio Cardoso is the epitome of everything that went wrong under Pedro Caixinha.

Signed last summer for a significant £1.3 million from Vitoria, the 23-year-old has been a huge disappointment and has made only 11 league appearances so far.

It would be surprising if Rangers are able to recoup the entire transfer fee spent on the youngster, given his lack of rapport with the Ibrox faithful, plus his distinct lack of quality when it comes to defending.

However, aged 23 the club will still be able to command some sort of fee for his services. Perhaps selling him back to a club in his native land where he has a stronger reputation.

Cardoso must go this summer. Before it has even really gotten started, his time at Rangers is definitely up.

Eduardo Herrera

The third player on this list completes a trio of Pedro Caixinha signings. Mexican forward Eduardo Herrera arrived for a sizeable £1.5 million in the summer and has two goals in over 20 appearances to show for his time at the club.

Herrera has been a huge disappointment at Rangers, despite being a full Mexico international, and at 29, is by no means a developing player.

Despite enjoying some decent goal scoring seasons earlier in his career which saw him achieve tallies of 19 and 17 for UNAM, Herrera is simply not the prolific goalscorer the club are after, nor a target man to be partnered with the likes of Alfredo Morelos or Jason Cummings.

When the window opens up, the time has come for Herrera to be shown the door.

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Steven Gerrard tempting Lucas Leiva to Rangers would be huge coup

The Brazilian midfielder is being linked with a move to Glasgow for a second summer.

Josh Kerr

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When Steven Gerrard was unveiled as the new Rangers boss over a fortnight ago, fans finally believed they may have found the man to rekindle the ambition and hunger that had been lost at the club in recent years.

The former Liverpool legend has already been linked with brining a number of high profile names to Ibrox and his former teammate Lucas Leiva is the latest being linked with a move to Glasgow.

According to the Scottish Sun, Gerrard is considering making a move for the Brazilian midfielder, who he played alongside across a spell of eight years at Liverpool.

Reports also confirm that Leiva is keen on the idea of being reunited with his former captain, and considering his vast Premier League experience, the midfielder would likely prove a strong addition for the Gers.

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Despite Lazio being reluctant to sell their player, the 31-year-old needs to make the most of his final years in football and the chance of being part of Gerrard’s revolution in Scotland could just be enough to convince him to leave Serie A.

The former Liverpool man made 346 appearances for the Merseyside outfit and quickly became a fan favourite for the club. He also has 24 caps for Brazil to his name and, despite not being proven in front of goal, he still has enough in the tank to be an effective asset in Scotland.

Should Rangers manage to sign Leiva, it would be a huge statement.

Luring a proven player away from Serie A would be surprising enough, but considering Brendan Rodgers had hoped to bring him to Celtic just a year ago, it would show just how big an impact Gerrard is already having on the balance of power between the two Glasgow sides.

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Difficult Rangers spell puts Jason Cummings’ Nottingham Forest future in doubt

The 22-year-old made just nine starts at Ibrox.

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Jason Cummings’ loan move from Nottingham Forest has come to an end, with the striker returning to his parent club from Rangers. However, his time at Ibrox has failed to give supporters a reason to demand he is kept in Glasgow on a permanent deal.

According to the Scottish Sun, Forest boss Aitor Karanka believes Cummings no longer has a future at the club due to his lack of game time in Scotland. He made just nine starts in all for the Gers, coming off the bench on a further nine occasions in a disappointing loan spell.

The 22-year-old striker arrived at Ibrox with lofty expectations, but he failed to establish himself as a regular in the Gers’ first team and spent more time on the sidelines than he did on the pitch.

The Scotland international netted six goals in total but, despite showing signs of his promising talent, he didn’t demonstrate why new manager Steven Gerrard should acquire his services on a full-time basis.

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Cummings was brilliant for Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian before his move to Forest in the summer of 2017, for a fee, according to the Nottingham Post, to be in the region of £1 million.

Gerrard was brought in to improve on the quality already at the club and, considering the Liverpool legend’s name and reputation, he will feel he can bring in better players than Cummings.

This must now leave the striker worrying about his future with his parent club, who could quite conceivably be tempted to part company with a player who has only scored once in 14 appearances for the two-time European Cup winners.

Once one of Scotland’s most promising strikers, Cummings is facing exile from both of his represented clubs and will be seriously worried as to what the future holds.

Despite struggling to make an impact for the Gers, the two-time Scotland international possesses undeniable talent. If Rangers feel he hasn’t justified a permanent deal, another loan move could bring the best out of the once-promising striker.

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Liverpool should turn to Steven Gerrard and Rangers to solve their Rhian Brewster problem

Liverpool are struggling to keep the teenager, but a move to Ibrox would see him work with new Rangers boss and Kop legend in Glasgow.

Mathew Coull

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Liverpool are facing something of a battle to keep hold of their star young striker Rhian Brewster. The young England talent, who was sensational for England’s under-17s in their World Cup triumph last summer, has been heavily linked with a move to German side Borussia Monchengladbach. In fact, the approach from the Bundesliga outfit has been anything but amicable.

Liverpool know they have a top talent in their hands in the form of Brewster, but he obviously fears for his first-team opportunities at Anfield.

What Liverpool need to do is present the young striker with a clear vision for his future and it should involve club legend, Steven Gerrard.

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The former Liverpool captain has recently taken his first steps into management with Scottish giants Rangers. Now he will be looking to improve his options at Ibrox, as they look to catch Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Brewster has in fact been linked with a move to Gerrard’s Glasgow rivals, but it would be a better move for the teenager to head to Ibrox.

Under the guidance of former Liverpool under-18 boss Gerrard the striker would be more likely to play first-team football.

The deal would offer the talented striker what he wants, regular first-team football. Rangers would be happy with any deal. His arrival would be welcomed and would add some fresh firepower to the attacking ranks at Rangers.

(during the International Friendly match between Sydney FC and Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will know he is in the trusted hands of a club legend who will do all he can to ensure Brewster continues to mature, all whilst hopefully improving Rangers’ frontline.

Presenting a full plan for his development would give Brewster the desire he needs to remain at Liverpool. Heading to Ibrox would then be a perfect opportunity for him to start finding the net and adapting to the men’s game.

A Rangers loan switch makes perfect sense for all parties.

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