Steven Gerrard plans to allow a number of fringe players to leave Rangers in the new year, as per an interview in the Daily Record.

Speaking recently about his plans for the January window, Gerrard confirmed that there will be outgoings, but refused to give too much away about the prospect of players arriving in the opposite direction, saying: “There will be a few who go out because they need to play, ones who haven’t had much game time.

“I need to be honest and respectful with a couple in the next few weeks. But Thursday night’s financial gain doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll go into the market for potential signings.”

The likes of Greg Stewart, Glenn Middleton and Jordan Jones have all found themselves on the sidelines in recent weeks and could see their futures come under threat when the window opens next month.

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Gerrard must be cautious in January

While Gerrard’s Rangers are on an incredible run at the moment, January could be an opportunity to disrupt that through both departures and arrivals.

As per WhoScored, Gerrard has used at least 25 players throughout his squad this season, so there is no denying that he could trim that quite significantly.

The likes of George Edmundson and Jones have seen their futures questioned after breaching COVID-19 restrictions earlier this season.

Having already received a seven-game ban, it is unlikely that they would be missed during the second half of the season, given how well the Gers are currently performing.

Wide players like Stewart or Brandon Barker could also be moved on, with the former playing just five minutes of football this season.

Likewise, incomings risk upsetting the balance in the squad currently and after seeing how long it has taken Cedric Itten to show glimpses of some of his best form, any serious transfer business might be better off left until the summer.

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