Rangers are almost sure to end up trophyless in their first season under Steven Gerrard. The Bears made wholesale changes to the squad in the summer and on loan players have played a crucial part in the team.
However, there is always a problem with on-loan players doing well as the club doesn’t own the players and the parents club can recall back the player whenever they want.
Connor Goldson recently stressed the importance of two players and insisted that the club needs to sign them up permanently. Goldson was quoted as saying (Daily Record), ”I hope Joe comes back for another season, and we’d definitely like Ryan to stay as well. The squad the manager has built this year has done really well, and I feel we are just a few parts away from being successful. People forget that for a lot of the players, it’s our first year together.”
Kent and Worrall have often been part of the first team, and it is understandable why Goldson wants them to stay at Ibrox beyond this season. However, chances of that happening look slim at the moment.
Chances of Kent staying?
Gerrard has already commented on the English winger’s situation and has indicated that the Bears are only likely to sign him on another loan spell. Various reports mention that Liverpool will demand £12m for the winger, an amount Rangers cannot afford to pay. The manager did indicate that he would do everything in his means to get him back on another loan spell. However, if Liverpool are keen on selling the Englishman, then Rangers are likely to miss out on him.
Chances of Worrall staying?
The defender has often maintained that he wants to succeed at Nottingham Forest. Moreover, after the sacking of Aitor Karanka, the English defender should be back in contention for a place in the starting eleven. Martin O’Neill reportedly wants to have Worrall for the next season, so it is unlikely that Rangers will be able to sign the defender on another loan spell.
What now for Rangers?
Well, this is a common problem when players are signed on loan. Gerrard will probably have to look at other options for the next summer. Rangers have already signed Jordan Jones who can play down the left flank. Along with that, Jamie Murphy should also be available for next season. So Rangers do have decent options for the left wing spot. However, they will need to sign a defender or two in the summer.