THE RANGERS MANAGER, Graeme Murty, has insisted that the club are bracing themselves for bids during the transfer window. However, the 43-year-old has declared that no one will be forced out of the Ibrox club.

The former-Reading defender came out to defend the club after Carlos Pena was reunited with ex-Gers boss Pedro Caixinha at Cruz Azul on an initial loan deal, whereby Rangers pay half the wages.

“We didn’t push Carlos out the door and we’re certainly not actively looking to sell anyone else.

“There was a request from Pedro to bring Carlos back to Mexico so that was up to those two. What we’re trying to ensure is that when we have the people inside the
building they are people who want to be here, who can be here and who give everything that they have.

“If we have that consistently from everyone inside the group then who knows what we are capable of.

“Nothing would surprise me if the player performing at the top of his game had an offer come in for him.”

Portuguese trio Dalcio, Herrera and Bruno Alves are expected to be nearing the Ibrox exit after signing for compatriot Caixinha. Murty, although, has insisted that the club don’t need to sell and are in a strong position with the signings of Murphy and Goss, as well as the return of O’Halloran and Halliday from loan periods.

“We protect the club, that’s paramount. We need to make sure we have happy players because happy players perform better.

“If we have that, then, hopefully, we can have a good end to the season.

“As for players coming in, I’ve really no idea in terms of numbers. I don’t have an ideal figure in mind but, if an opportunity that interested us arose, then we would certainly look at it.”

Rangers are currently in Florida as they prepare themselves for a return to domestic action in the Scottish Cup with a trip to Fraserburgh, before Aberdeen visit Ibrox.


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