Rangers: Jamie Murphy encourages Michael Beale to first deal with expiring contracts

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Former Rangers player Jamie Murphy has urged Michael Beale to look at the “difficult situation” surrounding Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos’ contracts.

The star duo see their current deals expire at the end of the season, and despite managing director Stewart Robertson claiming that discussions were ongoing over revised deals, talks seem to have gone cold.

The Gers are in real danger of losing two of their key players in recent years for nothing, with the pair able to speak to foreign clubs under the Bosman rule in the new year.

Beale has inherited a squad riddled with issues, and Murphy has encouraged him to have a thorough look at what’s on offer while also addressing this contract dilemma.

When asked on the GO Radio Football Show what the new manager needs to do in order to get the side back on track, he said: “I think firstly, he needs to look at the squad and who he’s going to keep and move on.

“He’s got a difficult situation with a couple of contracts coming out at the end of the season, so I think that’s the first thing you have to do.”

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Both Morelos and Kent and have been far from their best this season, and it isn’t hard to realise the uncertainty surrounding their futures has undoubtedly been a factor.

The former’s only league start this season came in the final game before the mid-season break, as the Colombian striker finds himself behind Antonio Colak in the pecking order.

He has scored just three times amid suggestions that the 11-cap ace looks overweight, and with his recurring disciplinary issues, we feel that Beale would be as well to wish Morelos all the best with his future endeavours.

Meanwhile, we believe that Kent, despite being described as a ‘passenger’ for his performances this season by journalist Mark Guidi, still has something to give at Ibrox and should be held onto.

He has been directly involved in seven goals this season and Beale will be hoping for the English winger to rediscover the form he showed when he was last in the dugout, as the 26-year-old scored 28 times and provided 33 assists in 138 appearances under Steven Gerrard.

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