By Graeme Hanna

9th May, 2023 | 12:10pm

Ben Davies exit could be on cards if Rangers deal Auston Trusty transfer at Ibrox

Ben Davies has been mentioned as a contender to leave Ibrox if Rangers can secure the arrival of Auston Trusty, as featured in the Scottish Sun.

A £2million fee has been mooted, to secure the services of the Arsenal defender who spent the season on loan in the English Championship with Birmingham City.

Davies only arrived in Glasgow last summer in a deal worth up to £4million for Liverpool, despite not playing a competitive game for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The fresh reports of interest in Trusty could well hasten his departure from the club, as reported by The Sun.

“Rangers have targeted £2million defender Auston Trusty from Arsenal,” stated the report.

“The USA cap has been on loan with Birmingham this season with the Blues eager to keep him but Trusty is understood to be high on Michael Beale’s Rangers wish list.

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“His arrival at Ibrox could signal the departure of defender Ben Davies.

“SunSport understands several English Championship clubs are keeping tabs on Trusty’s situation with a view to a summer swoop.”

Sales as important as new signings

Michael Beale has already stated that he will have extra responsibility in terms of Rangers transfer business this summer.

As well as plotting a masterplan to shape the squad ahead of a pivotal campaign, he will be directly involved more than usual in the negotiations, following the recent departure of sporting director Ross Wilson.

Whilst it is clear that several new faces are required to give Rangers any chance of challenging at the top again, the need to make key sales happen is just as important and Davies is one of those.

He arrived at the start of the season for big money in relative terms but he hasn’t been a success, with repeated failings in key games, and needs to be moved on.

Beale needs a more rugged, combative option to complement Connor Goldson in order to shore up the porous backline.

In other Rangers news, this pundit was amazed by what he saw from one Gers player in Sunday’s win over Aberdeen.