By Graeme Hanna

1st May, 2023 | 2:10pm

Rangers transfer news as 12 players could now exit Ibrox in summer exodus

Michael Beale gave an indication that up to 12 players could leave Ibrox this summer, as reported by the Rangers Review.

The manager was speaking at the press conference following the defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

Beale reinforced the scale of change that is set to follow a bitterly disappointing campaign for the Gers with nothing to play for in a competitive sense, in the last five games of the season.

When questioned if around a dozen players could leave, as well as the same number arriving, the boss gave a coy response.

“Something in the words you used because there is a number out of contract,” he said

“What I said [after St Mirren] was about the boys playing who were all in contract. Within those I’ve mentioned are two that are out of contract.

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“Everyone else is in contract so they’re not going anywhere overnight. There will be change we know that.

“Now is probably not the time to discuss that because I get when you win, everything is brilliant. We wouldn’t be having this discussion if we won the game. We’ve lost it. Let’s deal with today.”

Ring the changes

The season climaxed with the reputable victory in Eindhoven to secure Champions League football, which was supposed to put Rangers back on the map.

Instead, the team went over a cliff edge as the season went from bad to worse, despite relative stability under Beale.

Yesterday’s defeat to Celtic means this campaign will be a trophyless one, with plenty of changes on the way.

Quality is sorely needed all over the pitch for the Gers, there is no other way to fix the problem. Money needs to be spent well, including free transfers and bargain buys, but proper players will cost decent money. That has to happen.

The manager was already on the record in regard to plans and without being able to go into clear detail, it is evident that widescale change to the squad is just a matter of weeks away.

Departures will include youth players as well as first-teamers and those around the squad who no longer have a future at the club.

The need for a clear-out is well overdue.

In other Rangers news, a former manager has raved about this Ibrox ace, as he tells Michael Beale to extend his deal.