According to journalist Dean Jones, Glasgow Rangers are quite far down the line in terms of their summer transfer plans.
The next summer window will be Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first as Gers manager. The Ibrox outfit have already secured the capture of John Souttar from Hearts on a pre-contract deal, but with the Bears six points behind the league summit with six games to play, reinforcements could well be needed.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones has revealed the 55-time Scottish champions are quite far ahead in terms of pinpointing who and what they need for next term.
He said: “From what I’m told, Rangers are actually getting quite far ahead in terms of deciding the exact positions and the personnel they want to fill certain roles.
“So, I think it’s going to be really interesting what happens over the next few months.”
TIF Thoughts on Rangers’ transfer plans…
While the Europa League run has been a success for Van Bronckhorst, Rangers’ defence of their Premiership title has not lived up to expectations. So far this term, they have lost twice to Celtic in the league, and that could well be the difference after matchday 38.
The capture of Souttar is a start, but many more deals may need to be completed. The Gers could be in a position of having to replace star players, with the likes of Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Glen Kamara continually linked with moves away from Glasgow and Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Connor Goldson set to depart as their contracts run out at the end of the term.
Do Rangers need a squad overhaul?
The capture of Aaron Ramsey on a loan deal from Juventus in January shows Rangers still have plenty of pull despite playing in the less glamorous Scottish top flight, and Ross Wilson will need to use all of his negotiating power to conduct a strong overhaul of van Bronckhorst’s squad.
The best thing he and his recruitment team can do is be as well prepared as possible when the market opens, so it will be pleasing for supporters to hear they have made smooth progress.