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Nicky Clark's release splits Rangers fans down the middle on Twitter

Rangers' Nicky Clark (R) celebrates scoring their first goal

The 24-year-old Glasgow Rangers forward was released by the Ibrox club on Monday.

Rangers' Nicky Clark (R) celebrates scoring their first goal

Rangers' preparations for next season are already well under way, with work on improving the club's squad having begun months ago.

Mark Warburton's side have already announced the summer arrivals of Accrington duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks, and Liverpool starlet Jordan Rossiter, and speculation has been mounting in recent days over a potential move for Burnley midfielder Joey Barton.

However, they have also begun culling some of the lesser-used talent from their squad, and on Monday it was announced that forward Nicky Clark has left the club after he was not offered a new contract.

Clark began his career with the Gers as a 12-year-old, but did not play professionally for his local club until he moved back to Ibrox from Queen of the South in 2013.

Throughout his career with the Gers the forward was used mainly as a substitute, but he still managed to rack up 23 goals in 102 matches despite only 48 of those appearances being starts.

Rangers' Nicky Clark (L) celebrates scoring their first goal

However, he was sparingly used during the final weeks of this season, and he incurred the wrath of many a Rangers fan for his perceived culpability in Hibernian's winning goal in extra-time of the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park at the weekend.

Now, Clark has officially been released by the club as they look ahead to life in the Premiership, with veteran Kenny Miller and top scorer Martyn Waghorn amongst those players ahead of him in the pecking order in attack.

Numerous Gers fans took to Twitter to express their sentiment towards the striker, who may not have been the best player to grace Ibrox, but undoubtedly contributed to the club's rise back to the big time over the last few years.

For others, however, there was less emotion surrounding his departure, with many reflecting on the fact that the attacker was perhaps simply not good enough to stick with the club in the Premiership.

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