By Sam Stone

26th Apr, 2023 | 9:18am

Rangers transfer business to be affected by forgotten Ibrox issue - Pundit

Rangers’ former head of recruitment Neil Murray believes the Gers will only sign four or five players during the summer transfer window because of a big squad.

Much has been made of the importance of the upcoming off-season with Michael Beale looking to add quality to his squad.

However, Murray has suggested people forget the size of the Light Blues’ squad at present and can only see Rangers making a minimal number of additions.

“Goalkeeper, striker, central midfielder and a winger, four maybe five,” said Murray (PLZ Football Show, 24m 11s, 25 April).

“The thing that people don’t account for is Rangers have got a really big squad.”

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Murray does raise a good point. Rangers do have a relatively large squad and some of the players who could be moved on are on long contracts.

Rabbi Matondo was signed last summer but has barely featured due to injuries and poor form. He’s a player who could well be deemed surplus to requirements. However, he’s contracted to the Gers until 2026, which would make a summer departure unlikely. It’s a similar scenario for Ridvan Yilmaz, who is set to remain at the club until 2027.

There will be some departures, but the glamourous overhaul that some sections of the fanbase want seems like a bit of a pipe dream.

Furthermore, the board must get to work when it comes to a new sporting director. Beale has insisted he’s more than capable of undertaking the Gers’ recruitment plans, but assistance could make his life a hell of a lot easier. It’s certainly an area for James Bisgrove and John Bennett to prioritise.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has named the player who “has to play” against Celtic at Hampden Park.