By Nick Ware

28th Jul, 2021 | 8:10pm

Crystal Palace out of Gary Cahill race, onus on agent to agree terms with Rangers

The onus is now on the agent of Rangers-linked Gary Cahill to agree on terms with a new club amid Crystal Palace’s failed pursuit of the central defender.

That’s according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, writing via his personal Twitter profile on Wednesday evening [28/07/21] when asked whether he thought the 36-year-old would join the Gers this summer.

Nixon said: “Palace out of it as of a couple of weeks ago. It’s up to Cahill’s agent to sort terms with Rangers or whoever…big wages.”

Palace party-poopers?

Cahill’s contract at English Premier League side Palace expired on June 30, meaning he is now available as a free agent for interested parties.

A potential move to Ibrox was first mooted by Nixon [The Sun, July 18] nearly two weeks ago, with the Gers reported to be lining up a lucrative offer for the ex-England international.

Nixon claimed Steven Gerrard’s side could offer his former teammate a £35,000-a-week contract to tempt him to Ibrox, while Palace were still in pursuit of him despite Cahill rejecting their latest proposals.

Now it looks like the English club are out of the race, and Rangers could be in pole position to complete a deal.

Space has opened up in central defence recently after George Edmundson left for Ipswich Town earlier this week, but the Gers still have Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Leon Balogun, Nikola Katic and Jack Simpson at their disposal.

That’s still surely too many defenders to have at the club, and one or two would need to be shifted to make way for Cahill.

But while he’s still a fine defender, it just doesn’t seem viable to hand a lucrative contract to someone so old, to add to a position where there is already considerable strength in depth.

In other Rangers news, a major update has been shared on this Gers attacker’s future after a Wednesday link to an English club.