Glasgow Rangers face fresh competition in the chase for Vaclav Hladky from the Bundesliga, with The Scottish Sun reporting that Fortuna Dusseldorf have entered the race for the St Mirren goalkeeper.
The 29-year-old’s contract with the Buddies expires today, therefore making him a free agent who has three reported suitors from England in addition to the ‘Gers and the Bundesliga outfit, who have contacted the Czech Republic native’s representatives, as per The Scottish Sun.
Despite St Mirren finishing a lowly ninth when the Premiership season was abruptly brought to an end last month, Hladky has enjoyed a very good campaign in Paisley. He kept 10 clean sheets in 30 top-flight matches, a fine return for a team at the wrong end of the table, and conceded 41 goals (1.37 per game).
He didn’t give the ‘Gers much joy in his two matches against Steven Gerrard’s side in 2019/20, both of which ended in narrow 1-0 wins for the Light Blues (as per TransferMarkt).
Goalkeeper is likely to be a priority position for the Ibrox club in this summer’s transfer window, considering that Wes Foderingham has been released and Jak Alnwick’s loan is ending, leaving only the inexperienced Andy Firth as senior backup to 38-year-old Allan McGregor.
The need to bolster their goalkeeping options is a pressing one for Gerrard and he could do a lot worse than signing Hladky, who has proven that he can operate commendably at Premiership level.
While Fortuna Dusseldorf have waded into the transfer race, the ‘Gers should not be too fearful as the German outfit are in the thick of a Bundesliga relegation battle, whereas the Light Blues can realistically target winning league titles and have European football to offer next season.
Will Glasgow Rangers win the transfer race for Vaclav Hladky?
That could be one crucial advantage that the ‘Gers hold as they seek to fend off competitors in the race for Hladky’s signature.
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