Rangers: GVB and Wilson already 'far ahead' in summer transfer plans

Rangers are ‘getting quite far ahead’ with their summer transfer plans as manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst aims to bolster his first-team squad, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The reigning Scottish champions look set to relinquish their crown following their disappointing Old Firm derby defeat, but it could be an exciting off-season for the club’s supporters.

What is the latest news involving Rangers?

It’s been a mixed season so far for Rangers, with their run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League and semi-finals of the Scottish Cup providing hope that silverware could still be on the cards.

However, fierce rivals Celtic now sit six points clear at the top of the Premiership table after Ange Postecoglou’s charges came from behind to earn a famous victory at Ibrox a week ago.

And that result could spark a significant overhaul at Rangers, with several players approaching the end of their current contracts.

Experienced stars Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Connor Goldson and Scott Arfield are set to become free agents in a matter of months, while the Gers have the option to extend Leon Balogun’s stay by a further year.

Meanwhile, the contracts of Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack and Filip Helander are all set to expire in the summer of 2023, meaning some big decisions will need to be made within the Rangers hierarchy.

What has Jones said about Rangers?

Rangers have already secured their first summer signing after snapping up Hearts centre-back John Souttar on a pre-contract deal in January.

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And Jones has revealed that the Glasgow giants have made advanced plans over the ‘exact positions and the personnel’ they want to strengthen specific areas of the pitch.

He told GiveMeSport: “From what I’m told, Rangers are actually getting quite far ahead in terms of deciding the exact positions and the personnel they want to fill certain roles.

“So, I think it’s going to be really interesting what happens over the next few months.”

Who could Rangers sign?

One of the first decisions that Van Bronckhorst may have to make is whether to try and sign Aaron Ramsey on a permanent basis.

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The Wales international arrived on a short-term loan deal in the winter after falling down the pecking order at parent club Juventus and opened the scoring in the Old Firm derby.

It remains to be seen who Rangers could potentially target after that, but their plans will surely change depending on which current players stay and which depart the club.

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