Former Rangers ace identifies potential first-team stars Beale may need to sell

In the midst of contract uncertainty surrounding several key players, former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae has voiced his concerns, urging the club to make decisive moves to secure the futures of John Lundstram, Borna Barisic, and Glen Kamara. Rae emphasizes the need for swift action to prevent a repeat of the summer departures witnessed at Ibrox, where prominent players were lost as free agents.

The Scottish giants have already bid farewell to Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, and Filip Helander this year, with all five players departing upon the expiration of their contracts at the end of this month. This situation has raised questions about the club’s long-term planning and exposed potential risks that may arise in the next 12 months.

Lundstram, Barisic, Roofe, and Jack are all set to become free agents in 2024, while Kamara has two years remaining on his current deal. Highlighting the importance of learning from past mistakes, Alex Rae shares his hopes that Rangers will take swift action and avoid losing more key first-team players without compensation.

“I think the club should make decisions with the futures of John, Glen, and Borna,” argues Rae in an interview with the Sunday Post. “Are they going to be offered new deals or moved on? Lessons need to be learned from what happened with Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos. Letting players go into the final year of their deals is not the way to do it.”

In a hypothetical scenario, Rae suggests that if Rangers had sold Morelos, Kent, and Helander back in 2021, when their market value was at its peak following the Scottish Premiership title win, the club could have potentially received a windfall of around £40 million. This serves as a reminder of the financial implications and missed opportunities when crucial players are allowed to enter the final year of their contracts.

Amidst the uncertainty, Rangers’ manager Michael Beale has shown signs of preparing for the future. Ridvan Yilmaz’s impressive performances towards the end of the season, coupled with the club’s reported interest in Lausanne Sport left-back Archie Brown, suggest that preparations are underway for a potential succession plan after 30-year-old Barisic.

Furthermore, Beale hinted at the possibility of Kamara’s departure, stating, “For Glen, everything is open really. He is either going to be here for a considerable future or we will probably sell him this summer.” The decision on Kamara’s future will involve considering the level of competition during pre-season and assessing the playing time available to him. Beale emphasizes that the final call is not solely his but involves the board and other stakeholders who aim to strengthen Rangers and steer the club in a positive direction over the next three to five years.

Beale acknowledges the significance of players like Kamara, highlighting their instrumental roles in winning the championship and reaching a European final. However, he emphasizes the need to rebuild another team and lays the groundwork for the future.

As the contract expiration dates draw nearer, Rangers must act swiftly and proactively to secure the futures of Lundstram, Barisic, and Kamara. The lessons learned from past experiences highlight the importance of proactive decision-making, safeguarding the club’s interests, and maintaining a competitive squad that can achieve success on domestic and European fronts.