Between the Lines: Dave King puts underperforming Rangers players on red alert

Rangers chairman Dave King has issued a bold claim during his letter to supporters renewing their season tickets, and it could be bad news for some Gers players.

Rangers will fall short of winning silverware in their first season under Steven Gerrard, with Celtic all set to wrap up the title for an eighth consecutive time.

The Gers were in the title race until the final stages of the season though, as the inconsistencies in the squad reared their ugly head and led to several dull draws and dropped points.

King though, believes Gerrard’s squad are improving and will challenge their arch-rivals very soon.

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What did he say?

“It was never going to be easy and it is extremely gratifying to have witnessed the progress that has been made over the last year. We are now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again,” he wrote to supporters, as reported by The Herald.

“Much of the progress on the pitch can be attributed to Mark Allen, Steven Gerrard and their respective management teams.

“Turning to a young manager was a risk but it was one that Mark and the Board felt we should take because of Steven Gerrard’s football pedigree.”

Speaking on transfers, he said: “The team requires a further upgrade and the Board will continue to back Mark and Steven, who fully understand that Rangers must win titles and cups and plans are already in place for recruitment in the summer window.”

Who is on the chopping block?

The first person that should be very worried about these “further upgrades” is Daniel Candeias, who somehow manages to be superb one week and then non-existent the next.

If King and Gerrard are looking to clear out any inconsistent players, then the Portuguese winger will be the first to go, especially as he is already 31 years of age.

Another who has a lot to prove after a poor season is Borna Barisic. The Croatian international, who was recently crucified by ex-Ger Kris Boyd, has great delivery into the box with his left foot, but his defending has been woeful at times.

He is clearly immensely talented, but he needs to iron out the creases in his game and toughen up if he is going to continue donning the famous blue shirt.

Finally, Joe Worrall may as well give up on getting his loan move turned into a permanent one, as he has been the picture of inconsistency this season.

The Nottingham Forest loanee has made multiple errors leading directly to goals and if King is serious about upgrading the squad to compete for trophies then there is no way Worrall should earn an extended stay at the club.