By Adefunmiloye Alani

4th Jan, 2022 | 10:15am

Van Bronckhorst will allow fringe players to leave Rangers this month

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst will allow fringe players to leave Ibrox before the end of this month, according to Glasgow Times.

The Gers are aiming to defend their Premiership title and land the Scottish Cup this season after missing out on the Scottish League Cup, and some changes are being made to the squad.

Nathan Patterson is expected to leave for Everton before the January transfer window shuts, and it appears GvB is ready to sanction more exits in order to make room for potential new additions.

Who are the players likely to leave?

Rangers want to bring in James Sands from MLS outfit New York City, with the versatility of the USA international, 21, something that has attracted them.

He can play as a defensive midfielder and centre-back, and having such a player will give van Bronckhorst options.

Jack Simpson is one player who has struggled to feature this season, with only four appearances across all competitions to his name.

Despite injuries to Filip Helander and Leon Balogun, the English centre-back has not been able to force his way into the Bears first-team, with left-back Calvin Bassey preferred to him.

Stephen Kelly could be allowed to leave on loan in order for his development to continue elsewhere.

The 21-year-old midfielder has only played four games across all competitions this season, and the Rangers academy graduate needs to be playing regularly.

That is not available at Ibrox, and he could be available for a temporary exit.

The Bears need to make a couple of quality additions to their squad this month ahead of the resumption, and the boss will be keen to get players in before the winter break ends.

In other Rangers news, a billionaire-owned club want Bears ace, had rep at Ibrox of recent.