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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 14, 2009

Beasley considers exit from Rangers

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND -- DaMarcus Beasley has vowed to do all he can to avoid being sacrificed as part of Rangers' January clearout.

The U.S. midfielder fears he may be one of the 10 first-team players manager Walter Smith recently revealed he was looking to move on.

Rangers need to raise around £4 million to help balance the books, while they want to reduce an annual wage bill in the region of £5million-£7million.

Beasley, who moved to Ibrox in the summer of 2007, has been used sparingly this season as several players have competed for a place on the left side of midfield.

Steven Naismith was the latest to feature there in last night's 2-0 Homecoming Scottish Cup win at St Johnstone and Beasley acknowledges he face an uphill battle to reclaim the spot.

"Nobody has told me I'm free to go but I know the gaffer has said in the papers he'll have to consider offers for players who aren't playing if they are made,'' said Beasley, whose contract expires in 2010.

"I understand I fit the bill in that respect just now and it's up to me to show I'm worth keeping here.

"I love being here. I love the club and I'm hopeful I can get back in and play my part in the team.

"I don't have any desire to go somewhere else because I'm happy here and I don't intend to leave unless someone tells me I have to.

"At the same time, I know my future is something I've got to think about because I've got a lot of things going on with the United States national team.

"We've got World Cup qualifiers coming up and the Confederations Cup in South Africa this summer. I want to be involved in all of that.

"I know for that to happen I need to be playing football so hopefully over the next couple of weeks things can improve for me.

"It would be really hard to move on. There's a lot of history here and we saw last season that great things can be done at Rangers.

"Leaving that behind would be difficult but I know I've got to look out for myself first and foremost. If I'm not playing here, I should move on."

Beasley could be joined out of the Ibrox exit by Lee McCulloch, who hinted he may also need to move on to secure regular football.

The forward, who has filled in at centre-half for both the first team and reserves this term, told Rangers News: "We need to wait and see what happens because I can't play reserve-team football for the next five years.

"Either I need to get my form back or something else might happen."

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