Barry Ferguson: It is likely one of Aribo, Kent, Morelos has played final Rangers match
Former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson believes at least one of Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos have played their last game for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
The 25-year-old trio are all entering the final year of their current Rangers deals and with extensions yet to be agreed, there is a chance the trio depart the club this summer.
Ferguson believes that the Gers cannot risk losing their three-star men on free transfers in the summer of 2023.
Writing in his Daily Record column on Friday [10 June], Ferguson said: “So far, so good for Rangers in this summer’s transfer window.
“But I must admit, the chances are there will be some bad news coming down the pipeline over the coming days and weeks.”
He added: “With Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos all entering the final years of their contracts, I’m finding it difficult to believe that at least one of them may not already have played their last game in a blue shirt.
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“The Connor Goldson situation was a close call for my old club.
“They came very close to losing him for nothing and I’m not sure they will want to take a risk like that again with Kent, Aribo or Morelos.”
It’s a sad reality for Rangers that if their three-star men aren’t going to sign new contracts with the club then they simply have to cash in on the trio this summer.
Despite their contracts heading into their final year, Aribo, Kent and Morelos could easily generate Rangers upwards of £60million combined if they were to leave the club.
The Gers cannot afford to turn down that kind of money in the hope of getting one more season from the trio.
With the three mainstays in their mid-twenties, they’re at a stage in their careers where they need to push themselves at the highest level possible.
Sadly for Rangers, despite their amazing success in Europe, Scottish football doesn’t provide an adequate test for the Gers’ best players to test themselves week in and week out domestically.
Ferguson suggests it is likely one of the three leaves this summer, however, it will not be a shock at all to see all of the attacking trio depart Ibrox this summer.
There will certainly be lots of interest, particularly from the south of the border.
As reported by The Athletic on 8 June, Crystal Palace remain interested in bringing Aribo back to South London and Kent is attracted interest from Leeds United, as per 90min [6 May].
In other Rangers news, contrary to previous reports, this Light Blues icon is yet to open talks with the club over a new deal and he won’t want to take the incentive they are offering either.