With the season essentially wrapped up and nothing else to play for, Steven Gerrard already has his sights set on the summer transfer window.
The Rangers manager has been impressive in his first stint into first-team management, bringing an entertaining style of football to Glasgow and at one point looking likely to take the Gers all the way in contention for the Scottish Premiership.
The summer will provide Gerrard with an opportunity to improve the side with some much-needed quality in certain areas, and one of these positions on the pitch is the goalkeeper position, and Rangers are set to go head-to-head for one of the countries emerging players this season, Zander Clark.
According to Football Insider, Rangers and Derby County are set to battle it out for the signature of the 26-year-old shot-stopper, who has been in fine form with St. Johnstone this season, keeping 12 clean sheets in the league and conceding just 48 goals in 40 matches for the Saints.
With Gerrard in need of a backup ‘keeper this summer, what are the potential consequences of Rangers signing Clark?
Gerrard secures back-up and long-term option
With current number two Wes Foderingham likely to leave for first-team opportunities this summer, Clark will slot in nicely as Rangers’ second-choice keeper for next season, and it could be an exciting step-up for the 26-year-old Glaswegian.
Clark will have plenty of opportunities to impress Gerrard and the Gers’ faithful in cup competitions and in European football, and with Allan McGregor heading into the end years of his career, the St. Johnstone star could one day find himself filling in for the veteran keeper in the long-term.
McGregor himself may be under pressure. Too often does he lose his temper and kick out, so having a reliable back-up would surely keep him on his toes.
Bain feels the pressure
With a new, promising keeper rocking up in Glasgow, it won’t take long before Celtic’s number one Scott Bain starts to feel the pressure of a new shot-stopper from taking his ‘best in the city’ title.
The 27-year-old has had a good season with the SPL title winners and has earned his first few Scotland caps this year, but with Clark now playing for Celtic’s direct rivals and having the potential to go all the way to the national team, it won’t take long for Bain to start feeling worried about his reputation both in the league and internationally.
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