Glasgow Rangers’ squad has too many players and it would be a surprise if the Ibrox giants did not send a number of fringe men out on loan before the January transfer window closes.
Ross Wilson is the new sporting director of the Gers and along with manager Steven Gerrard, will look to streamline things this month.
Eros Grezda has already been sold back to Croatian club NK Osijek by Rangers for an undisclosed fee.
Although Gers midfielder Greg Docherty is still being tipped to join an English Championship side on loan for the rest of the season, he was included in Gerrard’s Dubai training camp.
Rangers winger Jamie Murphy also joined Gerrard’s Gulf squad for their pre-second half of the season stint.
Matt Polster, who has rarely featured for the Gers this season, could also be loaned out, if the Scottish giants can attract potential suitors in the next week or so.
At the start of the month, Wilson admitted that Rangers would need to trim some of the fat in the Ibrox squad.
“Steven and I have been really clear and consistent. The squad is too big, we need to reduce its size,” The Times quote him as saying.
“It’s not as easy as flicking a switch because it’s the January window and it’s always difficult, but that is our number one aim.
“The second job we had in mind was the contracts of those guys we felt we wanted here beyond the summer.
“We’ve started that process with the new deals for Allan McGregor and Steven Davis.
“But we won’t be scrambling around. There’s nothing Steven and the rest of the coaching staff are looking at and saying, ‘We absolutely have to strengthen there’.
“At a time when we’re trying to reduce the numbers it would make no sense to bring in another squad player.”
Now it’s up to Wilson and Gerrard to persuade other managers to choose loan options with Rangers; talent.
In terms of loan deals, it would make sense for all parties if Docherty, Murphy and Polster were sent elsewhere to get first-team football for the rest of the campaign.