Rangers want to move Brandon Barker and Jake Hastie on in January

Rangers are looking to move Brandon Barker and Jake Hastie out of the club before the end of the transfer window, reports The Glasgow Times journalist Chris Jack.

The club are reportedly hoping to add to the wage bill savings created by Jermain Defoe’s exit by finding buyers for the pair of loan movers.

John Lundstram may also follow them out of Glasgow with Middlesbrough thought to be at the front of the queue.

Clearing house

With manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst having got his feet firmly under the table at Ibrox with a sparkling start to life in charge, he appears to be looking to stamp his identity on the squad.

Whenever a new manager comes in at a club players around the fringes of the squad, and the long-term plans for them, inevitably come under scrutiny.

If the Dutchman does not see Barker and Hastie in his future plans then they will become little more than bargaining chips in his grand plan.

Additions to the squad in the current window have been restricted to James Sands from New York City FC, but the squad is being shuffled with England striker Defoe leaving and Cedric Itten returning from loan to take his place.

Gers are thought to be lining up moves for defenders John Souttar from Hearts (Glasgow Times) and Danilho Doekhi from Vitesse Arnhem (Daily Record), potentially both on free transfers.

So the manager will want as much flexibility in the wage bill as possible to try to facilitate such moves.

With Barker out on loan at Oxford United and Hastie having just returned from a third consecutive loan, neither look close to the first team.

In that light it seems they will be getting used to new permanent employers sooner rather than later.

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