With five new signings already confirmed, and another three or four due to be confirmed over the next week, it’s looking like Rangers will field a whole new team next season leaving question marks over the bulk of the current squad’s future at Ibrox. Loanees Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral have joined Philippe Senderos and Clint Hill in leaving but who else is likely to follow them out the door?
Wes Foderingham was the undisputed number one under Caixinha. The ex-Swindon keeper should carry that on next season with January signing Jak Alnwick likely to remain as back-up. Youngsters Liam Kelly & Robby McCrorie could find themselves loaned out in pursuit of regular first team football.
Who could leave? - Nobody
With Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso already signed competition for starting places in central defence is a whole lot tougher than it was last season. Rob Kiernan looks set to leave - Caixinha didn’t even name him in his potential defensive pairings - although Danny Wilson seems to have impressed Caixinha. David Bates will provide back-up centrally with James Tavernier and Lee Wallace retaining their places at full-back. Lee Hodson and Myles Beerman should deputise for Tavernier and Wallace, however, Ryan Jack could also slot in at right back if Hodson is sold.
Who could leave? - Kiernan, Hodson
The midfield was arguably the biggest letdown last season with Jordan Rossiter and Niko Kranjcar suffering long-term injuries, Joey Barton being absolutely woeful and the likes of Andy Halliday and Jason Holt struggling to make the same kind of impact they did in the Championship. Harry Forrester barely saw any game time under Caixinha and former Accrington duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass looked every inch the League Two players they were before Mark Warburton signed them. Kranjcar and Rossiter are finally fit again and will be joined in the middle of the park by Ryan Jack, Carlos Pena and possibly Graham Dorrans. Jamie Barjonas will hope to kick on after his impressive showings at the end of the season and, despite struggling for long spells, Jason Holt seems to have impressed Caixinha with his work rate in an unfamiliar position.
Who could leave? - Halliday, Crooks, Windass, Forrester
God knows where Ranger would’ve been had it not been for Kenny Miller last season. Joe Garner looks set for a move to Championship side Ipswich and Joe Dodoo only had limited opportunities to impress but Caixinha has looked strengthen his frontline significantly with the signings of Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio and trying to recruit Eduardo Herrera and Alfredo Morelos. It could also spell the end of Barrie McKay’s time at Ibrox with the young winger struggling to really make a mark under Caixinha and finding himself struggling to get starts towards the end of the season.
Who could leave? - Garner, Dodoo, McKay, Waghorn