Three Rangers players in danger of being axed in January

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Could these three Rangers outsiders be moved on in the winter?

Pedro Caixinha manager of Rangers looks on with Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on April 29,...

Having lost the first Old Firm encounter of the campaign, Rangers sit eight points off arch rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race.

It looks likely that, despite making a number of moves in the summer transfer market, Pedro Caixinha will be busy again once the winter window opens in January.

As well as addressing a couple of positions with potential signings though, the Portuguese could also jettison a couple of rarely seen fringe players too.

Are these three most at risk?

Danny Wilson

The former Liverpool centre-half has been missing through injury of late, meaning youngster Ross McCrorie had to deputise for Bruno Alves in the Old Firm derby.

Danny Wilson of Rangers tries to flick the ball past Scott Brown of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Final between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Hampden Park on April 23,...

The youngster's performances have earned rave reviews from manager and teammates alike and, if he continues to impress at the back, Pedro Caixinha may consider promoting him above Wilson permanently in order to quicken his development.

Wilson's cause is not helped by the fact that he has just made seven starts - and 10 appearances in total - since the Portuguese boss arrived at Ibrox, indicating that he may not be a favourite of Caixinha's as it is.

Jason Holt

Despite being short of match fitness and clearly not quite accustomed to Scottish football yet, Carlos Pena continues to be the preferred backup to Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack in central midfield.

Callum McGregor of Celtic and Jason Holt of Rangers compete for the ball  during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow,...Callum McGregor of Celtic and Jason Holt of Rangers compete for the ball during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow,...

That’s a real worry for Holt, whose only start of the season came in the first leg of the disastrous Europa League tie against Progres Niedercorn.

He is finding himself named on the substitutes bench a lot - six times in total in all competitions - but he is not being trusted to enter the fray in league games and was only called upon for second half cameos in his two League Cup appearances. Chances to impress are therefore at a premium.

Dalcio

Similarly, Portuguese loanee Dalcio has been banished from the starting XI since that embarrassing defeat to the Luxembourg side.

The 21-year-old has not even been risked in League Cup clashes since then and it seems quite plausible that his loan deal from Benfica B could be cancelled at the earliest opportunity.

With the Ibrox club securing a temporary deal for right-winger Aaron Nemane from Manchester City and Josh Windass and Niko Kranjcar both converting to the left-hand side, Caixinha has cover on the wings to be able to let Dalcio leave.

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