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Deadline Day: Looking at Rangers’ January transfers

With the window almost closed and Rangers looking like they are done signing players, we take a look at the club’s business in January.

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Jak Alnwick - Undisclosed fee from Port Vale

Signed to replace Matt Gilks, Alnwick comes to Ibrox with a solid reputation and a decent pedigree. At 23 and on a contract to 2020, Alnwick could be the long-term successor to Wes Foderingham should the current Ibrox number one move on. No guarantee we’ll even see him play this season but has done well at previous club Port Vale and will make a good addition to the squad.

Emerson Hyndman - Loan from Bournemouth

The American midfielder has already won fans over with his performances so far in a Rangers jersey. The Bournemouth loanee scored a well-taken goal at Fir Park last weekend and never put a foot wrong in his first start. Despite only being here until the end of the season he looks like he could be a key player for Mark Warburton until May.

Jon Toral - Loan from Arsenal

Toral hasn’t quite hit the ground running like fellow loanee Hyndman but the Spaniard has shown a few glimpses of the talent that won him Birmingham’s player’s player and supporters’ player of the year awards last season. His current Arsenal deal expires in the summer and he seems to enjoy working with Mark Warburton (they previously worked together at Brentford) and is playing for his future. Still lacking match fitness but looks as though he could make a formidable partnership with Hyndman.

David Bates - Free from Raith Rovers

The 20-year-old central defender initially joined the club on loan in August as part of the deal that saw Scott Roberts head in the opposite direction on loan. After a number of impressive performances in the U20s the deal was made permanent with Roberts also agreeing a permanent switch to Stark’s Park. Yet to make his first team debut Bates has been an unused substitute on a handful of occassions this season.

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Matt Gilks - Undisclosed fee to Wigan

The former Burnley ‘keeper brought his short stint at Ibrox to an end when he joined Wigan for an undisclosed fee. The 34-year-old had been number two behind Wes Foderingham but had struggled to get regular game time making only five appearances in the Betfred Cup. Despite this, Gilks performed well when called upon and was a solid back-up keeper but it’s understandable that, at this late stage of his career, he wants regular playing time.

Fraser Aird - Free to Falkirk

After a season on loan at MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps, Rangers and Aird mututally agreed to end his contract with the Canadian immediately joining Falkirk until the end of the season. Making 85 appearances over six years, scoring 12 goals, the boyhood Rangers fan played a big part on the club’s climb through the leagues.

Scott Roberts - Free to Raith Rovers

Roberts first joined Rovers in the summer, impressing manager Gary Locke enough that he made the deal permanent, and immediately became a regular part of their matchday squad. Roberts never made a senior appearance for Rangers but had made a handful of appearances this season for the U20s before heading to Kirkcaldy.

Jordan Thompson - Loan to Raith Rovers

Thompson spent the first six months of the season in Fife before extending the deal until the end of the season after a number of impressive performances for Raith. The Northern Irish midfielder had been a regular in the Rovers first team and will return to Ibrox in the summer a much improved player.

Ryan Hardie - Loan to Raith Rovers

Hardie returned to the club at the start of the month after an unsuccessful loan with St. Mirren before immediately sending the young hitman out to Raith for the rest of the season. Instantly making a mark in the Rovers side, Hardie will be hoping to hit the net regularly for the Championship side and giving Mark Warburton food for thought as he prepares for next season.

Ross McCrorie - Loan to Dumbarton

The Development squad captain joined the Sons until the end of the season and made his debut for them at the weekend against Raith. Regular senior football will be a massive step up in McCrorie’s development and the Scotland U19 international will hope to help Stevie Aitken’s side in their fight for a playoff place.

Josh Jeffries - Loan to Stirling Albion

Jeffries has already made a big impact in Stirling for the Binos and the youngster will be a key part of their promotion push under Dave Mackay. Jeffries has regularly impressed for the U20s this season and should have a good spell ar Forthbank.