Derek Johnstone predicts future of three Rangers loan stars, suggests only one could re-sign

Gedion Zelalem

Derek Johnstone believes only Dominic Ball could return to Rangers.

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he can't see Billy King or Gedion Zelalem being at Ibrox next season.

The Gers have sealed promotion to the top flight, and with Accrington duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass as well as Jordan Rossiter arriving already, it promises to be a busy summer for manager Mark Warburton as he brings players to Ibrox.

However, players will of course be leaving as well, and Warburton will be three players down as a trio of stars are set to return to their parent clubs after loan spells at Rangers.

Utility man Dominic Ball, midfielder Gedion Zelalem and winger Billy King are set to return to Tottenham, Arsenal and Hearts respectively after their loan deals at Rangers expire this summer - but could any of them re-sign for the club?

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has been assessing the future of all three players, telling the Glasgow Evening Times that he can only see one player out of the three coming back to Ibrox.

Johnstone believes that winger King will have learned a lot from his time at Rangers, but ultimately doesn't see him staying at Ibrox as he will want to prove himself at Hearts.

The Scot also predicts that Zelalem won't be returning to Glasgow as he could be involved in the Arsenal first-team setup next season, despite enduring a hot-and-cold season at Rangers.

However, Johnstone does think that Tottenham ace Ball could be brought back to Ibrox, but only on loan as Spurs may demand a considerable fee for him after impressing under Warburton this season.

"Billy will go back to Hearts and I am sure he will be determined to try and break through there," said Johnstone. "He will have learned a lot from being at Rangers, he has played a few games and he will be desperate to go back and prove himself at Tynecastle. I don’t see him being here next season."

"Gedion shone at first but he missed a few games through injury in the second half of the season. Overall, he has been a decent signing though. Arsene Wenger will need to sign players in the summer and Zelalem will be looking to catch the eye before the new season. Arsene will have watched him and he may well be involved in a few squads for Arsenal. He will have benefited from his time at Rangers but he will go back as well."

"The other is Dominic and he is one that Mark might go for again, but it would have to be on loan. He is a talented boy and it will cost too much to get him on a permanent deal. We will see what Spurs have planned for him and where he ends up playing next season," he added.

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