Rangers could recall ‘on loan’ players

Rangers Football Club
Rangers Football Club

Kenny McDowall could turn to his loan Rangers as the caretaker manager looks to shake up his squad.

Ally McCoist’s former assistant has been put in temporary charge of the team after the manager was put on garden leave.

With the club facing an £8.3million shortfall, the 51-year-old is unlikely to be given the resources to bring in fresh blood next month.

But new first-team coach Gordon Durie - who swaps roles with the demoted Ian Durrant - said McDowall may now recall some of the eight Rangers youngsters who have been farmed out to other clubs this season.

Winger Barrie McKay has been sent to Raith Rovers, while midfielders Robbie Crawford and Calum Gallagher are at Greenock Morton and Cowdenbeath respectively.

Canadian defender Luca Gasparotto is playing with Airdrieonians, Craig Halkett for Clyde and Tom Walsh is at Stenhousemuir. Stranraer have taken Danny Stoney while Kyle McAusland is at Brechin City.

Rangers play Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday, and Durie said: “We have got boys out on loan and as a staff we will sit down and decide whether we are going to bring anyone back or not.

“There have been a few boys who have come though in the last few years but obviously it is a big step for these lads to make.

“We thought at the start of the season that it would be beneficial if we sent a few of them out on loan. They had a great season with the under-20s last year and the reports that we have had back have been very positive.

“So hopefully they will come back ready to battle for a place in the first team.”

David Somers told Monday’s stormy AGM that Rangers are determined to bridge the “chasm” that existed between the club’s youth set-up and the first team.

Durie warned that would not be as easy as the chairman made it sound, but he hopes the young players’ loan stints will help them make the grade.

Durie said: “It’s never easy for young boys to play at the Old Firm.

“But we thought it would be better for them to go out and play against boys of a higher level than they have played against before.

“It would toughen them up, as they say, and then hopefully make them better players when they come back. We’ve been out watching them and they are doing well so hopefully that will benefit them in the long run.”