Just under a fortnight out from the Scottish Cup final it looks as though silly season has started a bit early this year. Already there have been a number of players linked with moves to Ibrox and while some are plausible there are some which seem just a little bit out there. We've went to the trouble of looking at whether or not some of the names mentioned so far will be in blue as Mark Warburton looks to lead his side to title number 55.
The Blackburn Rovers and Scotland centre-back has been mentioned as a multi-million pound target this summer to replace Danny Wilson or Rob Kiernan. If the already mentioned "multi-million pound" price tag didn't already give you an idea this is a non-starter, the fact Hanley currently pockets somewhere around £20k per week in wages firmly puts this one in fantasy land.
Livingston youngster Knox has been on trial with the club recently and is a known target for Warburton. Man Utd, Everton, Liverpool and Spurs have all been credited with an interest in the 16-year-old however a move to Ibrox is likely to happen soon.
Norwich midfielder Dorrans is a Rangers supporter and has fallen from favour at Carrow Road. Wages and transfer fee would be a big stumbling block so the Scotland midfielder isn't likely to be being paraded at Auchenhowie any time this summer.
Euros bound McGovern has impressed in recent years at Hamilton and Falkirk and there are suggestions he could head to Ibrox as competition for Wes Foderingham. At 31 he wouldn't be a long term signing although with Cammy Bell having a year left on his deal it could scupper any move for the former Celtic kid. Unlikely to happen.
Reports over the last few days suggest midfielder Rossiter is ibrox-bound and will be signed once his Liverpool deal ends on July 1. This one looks like its definitely happening and there is a lot of hype around the player. Very highly thought of by Liverpool fans, Rossiter could provide the missing piece in the middle of the park.
There is more chance of me lining up in the Rangers midfield come July than Joey Barton. Past his prime, although performing well for Burnley as the won the Championship, Barton comes with too much baggage, too high wages and too short a shelf-life. He's also apparently signed a new deal at Turf Moor. Thankfully. Burnley posting a video of him singing Ibrox anthem "The Best" probably didn't help things.
Graham is out of contract at the end of the season and the Sunderland striker could spearhead the challenge for the title next season. Currently loaned out to Blackburn, who's outgoing manager Paul Lambert has added fuel to the speculation advising Rangers to snap up the 30-year-old.
With Josh Windass and Matt Crooks already signed up for next season there'll be plenty of new faces next season. If they gel as quickly as last summer's recruits then somehow 55 could come before 6. A