Kris Boyd reckons up to 15 players need to be shown the door by Rangers this summer.

The former Ibrox striker believes his old club needs another clearout in the next transfer window in order to give Philippe Clement the best chance of success next season.

Dropped points against Celtic, Ross County and Dundee when Rangers looked to be in a position of strength has now handed the Hoops a big advantage in the Premiership title race.

Boyd reckons Rangers' hopes of clinching the title are now over, and so his thoughts are turning to the summer already in mid-April.

And while he thinks around 15 players need to be moved on, there are five in particular who have caught Boyd's eye - but not in a positive sense.

He wrote in the Scottish Sun: "Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, there is a huge clear-out coming in the summer. The problem Rangers have is there aren’t too many sellable assets there to bring in big fees.

"And that means there will have to be more wheeling and dealing in the transfer market, which brings no guarantees.

"That’s a huge worry because Celtic have the resources to spend big. But I reckon there could be something like 15 players shipped out of Ibrox. For many of them, it won’t be a moment too soon.

"This is a squad that cost two previous bosses their jobs. First, Giovanni van Bronckhorst was shown the door because of the group’s failings and then Michael Beale was sacked, too.

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"But that won’t happen this time. Clement’s job is safe and he’s the one who will be seeing others off the premises.

"That’s not a knee-jerk reaction to the results against Ross County and Dundee. I’ve been saying this since Clement first arrived. There has to be drastic changes made to that under-performing squad. Too many of the forwards are incapable of sniffing out chances from nothing.

"There is no real creativity from middle to front from players whose job it is to provide that. Look at Todd Cantwell and tell me what he brings to the table. Tom Lawrence is a nice footballer, but he’s the same. Then there’s Fabio Silva, someone who once cost £35million and will be getting paid a fortune. I mean, wow. Just wow.

"It’s not his fault about the fee or the wages someone is prepared to pay for him. But what is his fault is the number of times he’s caught on his heels. I’ll cut Abdallah Sima some slack because he’s been out for so long with injuries.

"But I said Cyriel Dessers wasn’t up to being the main striker at Rangers pretty much after taking one look at him and nothing has happened to change my mind.

"And don’t start me on Rabbi Matondo, who needs the goals to be the width of the penalty box to hit the target on a regular basis. You know what should be embarrassing these guys more than anything, though?

"It’s that the club’s right-back scores more goals than them. I don’t care that a lot of James Tavernier’s strikes are penalties and free-kicks. He still contributes from open play and if I was one of the strikers at the club I’d be red-faced about that."