Rangers manager Michael Beale has told Glen Kamara to train alone until he finds a new club as the Finnish international’s Ibrox exit nears.
Beale insisted there is no rift between himself and the midfielder, who currently has two years left on his contract, but he revealed that he won’t be involved with the first team squad as the club search a buyer.
He also believes the 27-year-old won’t be the only player to leave the club before the end of the transfer window, with eight new arrivals already in the door in Govan.
Ecuador star Jose Cifuentes set to be number nine when he arrives from Los Angeles FC this week, but Beale said that there could still be two more arrivals even if Kamara leaves the club.
Fashion Sakala has reportedly knocked back an offer from Saudi Arabia last week, with the forward left out for Rangers’ 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim in Germany last weekend.
The Zambian might still have a future at the club – but that appears not to be the case with Kamara, as Beale said: “Glen was given an extended break at the end of the season due to internationals then he had a sickness problem which has run on.
“He’s training in isolation at the moment, not with the group, trying to get himself up to speed. There’s a lot in the background with Glen as well, with different enquiries and him talking to different people.
“So it’s best that he’s to the side of the group. I’ve got no issues with him on a personal level. It’s a conversation we had a good few months ago.
“There’s nothing new on Fashion at the moment. There’s a bit of noise around a few of the players and that’s natural because of how many we’ve brought in.
“As soon as there’s something to say on that we will. When you bring nine players in and two back in January, that’s 11 into the squad.
“Quite a few have left, around eight to 10. But I need to have time now to bring this team together. Naturally with that process, one or two will be a little bit uneasy. And one or two might bite down on the gum shield and fight.
“The window shuts on September 1 but we’ve got eight or nine games before then. So it will be a long month. I’m sure one or two will leave and maybe one or two more will arrive.”
Beale is still trying to gel his new-look side for their opener against Kilmarnock on Saturday, giving new boys Danilo and Dujon Sterling their debuts against Hoffenheim, with Cifuentes due into Glasgow before the trip to Ayrshire.
The Ibrox boss admits it will take time for the side to hit top gear, but says they’re ready for the Premiership opener against Derek McInnes’ men. Beale said: “Is it going to be perfect straight away? No.
“You can see there’s going to be some teething problems. But we’ve got good players. And as long as they all get in line and in tune quickly, we’ll be OK.
“The league’s not going to be over after match one. We’ll play each game that’s in front of us. This is a new team. It’s what we wanted, it’s what the fans wanted. There’s a lot of excitement.
“Now we need to support it, fuel it. We need to get it fit and strong and together. The fans need to get behind us. We’ll take a game at a time and see where it takes us.
“This month we’ll play in three competitions. There’s a group of players here who won a lot of football matches from Christmas onwards when I came in. So I expect them to go and win some more this month.”
Following the arrivals of Danilo, Cyriel Dessers, Sam Lammers and Abdellah Sima this summer, as well as Kemar Roofe’s return to fitness – Beale has gone top heavy in attack.
The Englishman is convinced however they’ll need all of that firepower if they’re going to be successful, both domestically and in Europe as they look to seal their place in the Champions League.
He said: “With the amount of number 9’s we’ve got, that will push us to play in a certain way. But we need those options. Because at times last season we were struggling for options in the final third.
“Danilo has won the Eredivisie the last two seasons, Dessers was the top scorer in that league and Lammers has been playing in Serie A. So they’ve come in with good pedigree.
“Good players like playing together but we need a bit of rhythm now. That will come with games.”