By Pranav Shahaney

30th Apr, 2022 | 10:15pm

Michael Stewart: Rangers may have to dramatically sell players this summer

Michael Stewart believes that Rangers may be compelled into selling a number of players this summer.

Given Gers’ recent league results, they have fallen to second place and six points behind Celtic.

In the first leg of their Europa League clash against RB Leipzig, they suffered a 1-0 defeat and will now be looking to turn it around at Ibrox.

Speaking about the importance of Champions League qualification, Stewart said on BBC Sportsound, “You look at the other side of the competition with West Ham and Eintracht I don’t think there is anybody there that Rangers would be saying they haven’t played equally as good a team already.

“It just keeps that opportunity for Rangers potentially to get that other route into the Champions League. And they desperately need to be getting into the Champions League if they want to continue spending money.

“Otherwise it could be a case of them having to sell dramatically in the summer.”

Tad over the top

We think as usual Stewart has gone over the top with this one.

Failure to qualify for the Champions League will not see a mass exodus of Gers players.

The SPFL’s coefficient has improved and Villarreal are unlikely to win the Champions League so it betters the league winner and runner-up’s chances of qualifying for the elite club competition.

Even if they do not qualify, it’s not going to be doomsday as decisions have already been made about a few players.

Regardless of Champions League, there are some who will not stay at Ibrox beyond the summer and that is a fact.

Stewart needs to stop talking about Rangers and worry about what happens if they turn things around in Europe and the league in the coming days.

In other Rangers news, the club are ‘not convinced’ by a key first-team player and an early termination of his contract is extremely likely.