PEDRO Caixinha says every Rangers player will know whether their future lies at Ibrox next season by Friday.
The manager is holding one to one talks with his squad to let them know if he wants them to be part of his first full campaign as Gers boss.
The Light Blues team will leave for their summer break after the conclusion of this Sunday’s game at McDiarmid Park and Caixinha is hoping his two star men of late shine again this week against Aberdeen and then St Johnstone.
He told RangersTV: “Football is always about the moment and I believe Barrie McKay is passing through a very good moment, he has scored in the last two matches and so has Joe Garner.
“Joe scored almost the same goal in both games and Barrie’s were different but also very important. We want them both to extend that good moment they’re having with the team for the final two matches.
“We are assessing all of the players, we want the players to be committed, we want the players to give and express the good characteristics they have and those two (McKay and Garner) are doing it.
“They are two players who we can maybe count on from now and count on in the future if they keep doing this on a regular basis.
“The majority of the players already know if they are part of our plans for next season or not and Barrie is also included in that list of players. I will conclude that process during this week.
“Things are progressing all of the time [with transfer targets] and we are moving in the direction we intend.
“We hope to have some sort of news, if not by the end of this week, at least by the start of the next.
“The chairman knows everything that we are doing and is also helping us in that direction as well.”
While Caixinha’s main focus remains on his first-team’s progress next season he admits he has one eye on the academy, a resource he has already had to call upon in his short Gers tenure.
The Under 20 squad will play their games away from the SPFL Development League as the club starts a new initiative to test the youth players against Europe’s best and the manager is on board with the plans.
The Portuguese continued: “Craig Mulholland is a very clever person and he knows very well what he wants for the club.
“I know everything that is going on and I agree with it because I really believe that needs to be the way.
“There needs to be as much level of competition at this stage in their careers because then you will gain more in the future.
“These players need to face demanding scenarios here in Scotland or also at an international level so the club is preparing the youth players.”