Clearing out deadwood is crucial for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers this summer

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The Daily Record have reported that six players in Steven Gerrard’s first-team squad are facing exits from Ibrox this summer.

What’s the story?

Players such as Gareth MacAuley, Lee Hodson, Lee Wallace have all left the club after the expiration of their contracts, while the club have also confirmed that goalkeeper Robby McCrorie will head to Scottish Championship side Queen Of The South on a season-long loan.

According to The Record though, the exits won’t stop there, with Kyle Lafferty set for a big money move to Thai Super League champions Buriram United.

The paper say that Lafferty has been told he has no future at Ibrox, with the club also working on ensuring exits for Eros Grezda and Graham Dorrans.

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The club will also listen to offers for goalkeeping duo Jak Alnwick and Wes Foderingham.

With Ryan Hardie also said to be on his way to Blackpool, the list of potential exits stands at six, according to the report.

Is a clear out needed?

Rangers have wasted no time in adding talent to their squad during the transfer window so it makes sense there would have to be some sacrifices from last season’s squad.

Players such as Joe Aribo have added strength to the midfield, negating the need for Dorrans, while new attacking talent Greg Stewart had a much more productive season last year than Lafferty, who mustered just six goals in 30 appearances.

The Gers need to be a lean, mean machine next season to pull in a direction that takes them closer to Celtic.

Depth is needed too of course, but if Gerrard feels that certain players aren’t going to get enough regular action to justify their wages then they must be moved on.

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