Could Rangers’ failure to make the group stage of the Champions League result in one or two of their star players moving on before the close of the summer transfer window? We run down the top three contenders to depart Ibrox.
European money is a big thing for Scottish football’s big two, with very little financial reward for domestic success. Failure to make the group stage of the biggest European competition, the Champions League, is unlikely to send either club into a death spiral like it did the Gers a decade ago, but missing out can come at a cost.
For Rangers that cost could be losing some of their most prized assets, and following last season’s invincible Premiership title success the value of those star names have never been higher.
So if the Glasgow giants do need to ‘cash in’ on a player or two to help balance the books after their Champions League failure, who are the leading candidates to be heading out of Ibrox this summer? Football tipsters Bonusbets.com have been having their say.
Every club is desperate for a prolific goalscorer and Morelos has routinely hit the back of the net since arriving in Glasgow four years ago. The Colombian has netted 90 times in all competitions and has become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer in European competition. He is widely expected to hit the 100 mark if he sees out this season in Glasgow, but will he be staying put? He has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Rangers over the past couple of summers and in recent months there was talk that FC Porto have an interest in acquiring the 25-year-old. An asking price has reportedly been set at between £10-15million. If Porto meet that, ‘El Bufalo’ could be on his way.
Losing Kamara would be a big blow for Rangers because he has become an integral part of the midfield. However, selling him would also represent an outstanding piece of business financially. The Gers reached a pre-contract agreement with the Finland international in January 2019, but instead of waiting until the summer to see him walk through the door, the Gers opened talks with Dundee over a deal that would speed things up. Not wanting to lose Kamara for free, they accepted £50,000. Now just over two years later he is believed to be worth in excess of £5million and there are several English Premier League clubs sniffing around him. If interest turns into a solid offer then Rangers may have no choice but to allow Kamara to move on.
Kent became a big hit with Rangers fans during a successful loan spell and eventually the club splashed out several million to bring the exciting attacking player back to Ibrox. Within 12 months of his arrival there was speculation linking the ex-Liverpool man with a switch to Leeds United, but Kent declared his desire to stay put and help Rangers regain the Scottish crown.
He did that last season, so has he now fulfilled his ambitions at Ibrox? The 24-year-old is not the most consistent of players, but when he is on form he can tear apart opposition defences. Leeds are still thought to be interested in the Englishman, so could they renew their interest? With Scott Wright on board and making an early impression, Rangers may feel they already have Kent’s replacement on the books.