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Rangers face ‘huge’ transfer implications and key players could leave – Commons

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Kris Commons believes Rangers’ inability to qualify for the Champions League has “huge” repercussions.

Steven Gerrard’s side lost to Malmo in two legs in qualifying and are now in the Europa League.

According to reports, the Ibrox club missed out on a £40million windfall, which Commons believes could spell disaster for the club.

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He wrote in the Daily Mail: “The implications for Rangers of not getting to the Champions League group stage are huge. It changes the dynamics within the club.

“If you do reach them, you are suddenly in a position of massive strength with tens of millions of pounds at your disposal.

“I’ve no doubt Steven Gerrard and the Rangers hierarchy would have had a blueprint of top-quality players they were looking at attracting to help them compete at that level.

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“But not qualifying is almost like taking one step forward and two steps back.

“Now you don’t have the money for transfer fees and wages for those players, and those people you would have been interested in are no longer going to want to come. You are also likely to find yourself on the receiving end of bids for your top players.

“Potentially the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent or James Tavernier could leave if acceptable offers come in.

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“Gerrard has already acknowledged that when he spoke in the wake of the 4-2 aggregate defeat to Malmo.

“But players could also leave if they decide they want to be playing Champions League football and they’re not going to be getting that at Rangers.

“Morelos will always be the most obvious one because it’s not the first or the last time he has spoken about wanting to play at a higher level.

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“He wants to leave for a club in the Champions League or he fancies the lure of the English Premier League.

“There’s also been speculation over Leeds United and Kent and that could be lurking just around the corner again.

“Right now, agents behind the scenes will be asking players if they want them to press the button and get something moving. I’d imagine in the closing days of the transfer windows there will be comings and goings.

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“When you’ve a squad that’s all pulling in the right direction then football is relatively easy.

“But when you’ve people in the dressing room that potentially could be leaving, then that could have a huge impact on the whole team’s dynamic. Questions will be getting asked in the Rangers dressing room just now.”

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Ange provides injury report and welcomes home Scottish Cup draw

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Ange Postecoglou got the job done against Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Cup fourth round on Saturday.

A 2-1 win against League One side ensured advancement to the showpiece final at Hampden Park later this season.

The goal was to get through, but despite accomplishing that goal, injuries forced Callum McGregor and Yosuke Ideguchi to leave the Indodrill Stadium.

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Ange Postecoglou spoke exclusively to Celtic TV about the duo’s fitness and the fifth round, which includes a match versus Raith Rovers at Celtic Park.

The Celtic manager said: “Callum is better today. He wasn’t in great shape after the game but I’ve exchanged messages with him and he feels a bit better, which is great.

“Knowing the type of character Callum is, for him to come off was something significant. Hopefully, his recovery doesn’t take too long.

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“Yosuke is not great. I think I said after the game it didn’t look too serious but it’s still pretty painful now.

“I was optimistic it wouldn’t be too bad, but as everyone saw in the footage it was a tackle that shouldn’t have happened and should have been addressed on the day.

“It was a terrible tackle and one he hasn’t come of too well and will be missing for a little bit as well.

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“The pitch wasn’t great in the last round against Alloa and they’re the type of things you want to avoid. The fact we’re at home in front of our supporters and on our pitch, I think is a good advantage.”

On the plus side, the team put in a strong performance on Saturday, led by Giorgos Giakoumakis, who scored his second goal for the green and white Hoops.

“It was good for him and more important it was good to get 90 minutes,” he said. “He’s had an interrupted first half of the year but he’s worked awfully hard.

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“We gave most of the guys a week off in between games but he stayed at Lennoxtown with a few other boys and put in the work.

“He got through the 90 minutes pretty strong and scored his goal, so it’s a good foundation for him.”

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

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According to the Daily Star, senior Everton officials are furious with Farhad Moshiri over his weekend meetings with Vitor Pereira.

Moshiri met with the contender for talks in Monaco, according to the newspaper’s print copy (25/01).

Given how disastrous the move to appoint Rafa Benitez was, board members at Goodison Park are thought to have strong opposition.

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“Board and on the senior executive, especially given the disastrous appointment of Rafa Benitez,” the piece concluded.

Moshiri appeared to be going in headfirst and making the decision without engaging anyone.

This just goes to show that, while he may be a terrific businessman, his football brain is still lagging behind and causing serious problems at Goodison Park.

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The owner is in desperate need of advice because some of his recent actions have been comical.

The fans are grateful to those senior board members who opted to stand up and be counted on this occasion, preventing a catastrophe.

Pereira may have won awards during his career, but he did so in nations like China, Greece, and Portugal, where it is expected.

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Hopefully, Moshiri will listen to his board members more often, and they will assist him in making the best decision possible to move the Toffees ahead rather than backward.

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Newcastle table £10m loan offer, player out of contract in the summer

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Newcastle table £10m loan offer, player out of contract in the summer

Newcastle have reportedly made a £10 million loan approach for Jesse Lingard in the final days of the January transfer window, according to 90Min. According to the report, despite the fact that conversations have lasted a month, they ‘anticipate’ this offer to be ‘accepted.’

Lingard, who is 29 years old, has only started two of his 14 league and cup games this season. That’s following a brilliant loan spell with West Ham last season, in which he netted nine goals and contributed five assists in 16 appearances. In June, his contract will expire.

Newcastle, as well as West Ham and Tottenham, have been heavily connected with Lingard. However, according to the source, Newcastle has offered United a £10 million loan fee for Lingard after extensive discussions.

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Unless he accepts a new Old Trafford contract, such a deal would likely put an end to his United career. It’s unknown whether Lingard wants to transfer, but it’s been said that Newcastle would have to pay him twice as much as he is now.

Lingard still needs to be persuaded. Newcastle triumphed over the weekend, which is crucial not only in terms of staying up but also in terms of attracting players this month. It provides those who are being hunted a better chance of surviving.

Lingard possesses the ability to increase Newcastle’s hopes of remaining in the Premier League significantly. If he joins on loan, Newcastle will have six months to persuade him to sign a permanent contract – and it could work out.

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