Rangers will be without Zambia international Fashion Sakala against Dunfermline

Rangers star Fashion Sakala will be missing for the League Cup clash versus Dunfermline, boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed.

The club are hoping to bounce back against the Pars at home following a run of three straight defeats which has seen the club lose their unbeaten Scottish Premiership run and crash out of the UEFA Champions League.

The 24-year-old forward joined the club in the summer transfer market on a pre-contract deal after a stunning campaign with Belgian club KV Oostende.

The striker netted 16 goals in the Belgian top-flight last term and reportedly turned down a number of clubs in the Premier League and across the continent to join the Ibrox club.

Rangers tipped to part ways with several players by The Herald and Times writer

The Scottish football journalist Chris Jack thinks that it is “inevitable” that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will have to sell stars after the club exited the Champions League.

“If the Champions League money doesn’t land, then a key man must be sold to make up the financial shortfall,” writes Jack (Glasgow Times).

“Had Rangers been able to progress to the group stages this term, they would have had a stronger hand to play in fending off interest in Gerrard’s most valuable assets, and perhaps a trump card up their sleeve in terms of convincing certain players to extend their stay for another season.

“Both situations are now outwith Rangers’ control. It is surely inevitable that a key player, or perhaps more than one, will be sold off as a result of their failure on Tuesday night.”

Rangers handed major boost in their pursuit of English prodigy James Garner

Sought-after Rangers-linked midfielder James Garner has snubbed a new deal at Manchester United in order to keep his options open, journalist Pete O’Rourke claims.

He has made seven appearances for the club’s first team and had time out on loan at both Nottingham Forest and Watford last season.

In April, his entourage, Steven Beck, stated that the Gers tried to bring the player to Ibrox in January only to miss out to Tricky Trees.

In the same interview, the representative asserted that the Ibrox outfit retained interest ahead of the current transfer market.