By Azeem Siddiqui

2nd Jul, 2022 | 6:30am

Barry Ferguson urges GvB to sit down with Rangers star trio and discuss future plans

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson believes that manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst must ensure that players who have entered in the final year of their contracts are either persuaded to extend their stay or they must be sold in the coming days.

The Gers are coming off the back of an impressive season where they managed to secure the Scottish Cup triumph and finished as runners-up as well.

Ferguson, while talking to Go Radio as quoted by Daily Record, suggested that the Gers must be demanding around £10million each for the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent to leave the club, all of whom have now entered in the last 12 months of their contracts.

“All the guys that are coming into the final year, Gio will be wanting to sit them down and get a vibe off of them,” he said. “[To see] if they want to commit or if they want to play their football elsewhere.

“With Raphinha moving on, it’s always been an open secret that Leeds like Ryan Kent. That is one that I’m sure fans will be watching with interest. Also, you have Joe Aribo, with Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

“He is another I would like to stay, but money talks. Rangers have been open about it if someone meets the valuation.

“I don’t think they will let them go cheap. Rangers bought Ryan for £7million and he is going into the final year, but Rangers have got to be looking for £10million for him and the same for Aribo in my opinion, and the same for Morelos.”

Tricky days

It is an interesting time to be a Rangers fan. The two previous seasons have been contrasting in terms of silverware and performances.

After winning the Scottish league with Steven Gerrad, Giovanni van Bronckhorst replaced him in the previous season.

Under the Dutch manager, the Gers reached the Europa League final, where they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties.

Apart from this European competition, the Rangers were unable to defend their league title, losing out to Celtic but won the Scottish cup.

The big problem for the Rangers in the last campaign was the lack of squad depth. Their creative instincts were never the same after the injury to Ianis Hagi.

In the absence of Hagi, all three — Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent — played a key role in helping the side secure positive results but now all of them are in the final year of their respective contracts.

Therefore, it is important for the club to have a clear vision to ensure that they don’t mess up things and derail their recent success in the upcoming campaign.

In other Rangers news, Stephen Kelly is set to depart the club on loan, with interest from England and Scotland reported.