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GERRARD POISED FOR IBROX EXODUS

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STEVEN GERRARD, who has signed a remarkable TWENTY-TWO players since taking over at Rangers last summer, admits he expects an Ibrox exodus through this transfer window.

However, the Govan gaffer also revealed there have been no bids for last season’s 30-goal marksman Alfredo Morelos.

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports after his side’s 4-0 Friendly win over Marseiile, said: “We will, naturally, try to move people out the door because the squad is bloated and too big at the moment.

“Over the coming weeks, we’re hoping to move some on.

“It’s very difficult to meet everyone’s ambitions in terms of game-time because everyone wants to start every game and it’s difficult to do so.

“If there’s something out there that will suit the player and the club then I’ll respect that.”

Gerrard, who made Swedish international Filip Helander his eighth summer signing when he concluded the £3million switch from Bologna, doesn’t envisage many more players joining Gers before the window closes on September 2.

BLUE HEAVEN…Daniel Candeias celebrates one of his two goals yesterday.

He added: “In terms of incomings, we’re near enough done. I always say near enough, you’re never done as a manager, but there won’t be much more activity in terms of incomings.

“We’ve got quality players in each position and we’ve got people fighting for places.”

It was a stroll for Gers yesterday as the French outfit lost their second successive tour game after going down to Accrington Stanley.

They took the lead in the 17th minute when Morelos found Daniel Candeias on the edge of the box and the Portuguese winger blasted high into the net.

He doubled the lead shortly before half-time as he latched onto Ryan Jack’s ball over the top and finished powerfully.

Gerrard made five changes at the break as the team picked up where they left off in the second-half.

They added a third midway through the half as Connor Goldson was given a tap-in after Nikola Katic’s header came off the keeper and the fourth arrived 16 minutes from time when Jermaine Defoe headed home.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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