Former Scotland defender Jackie McNamara thinks that Rangers may have one tricky obstacle to overcome if they are to sign goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.
Another goalkeeper whose contract is up at the end of the season is Rangers’ Wes Foderingham and McNamara thinks that the Ibrox club could be looking at Dawson as a replacement for the 29-year-old, who has been backup to Allan McGregor this season. However, the ex-Scotland international feels that the ‘Gers could find it difficult to persuade the Owls ‘keeper to come to Ibrox.
He told Football Insider: “Obviously Foderingham hasn’t signed yet and he’ll be looking at his options as he’ll want to play.
“So it’ll be the same for the lad coming in, so that may make a deal hard, as McGregor has been in very good form which has made it difficult for Foderingham to play. So goalkeepers are different as you have to rely on injury or suspension.”
McNamara’s reservations about Dawson playing second fiddle to McGregor if he were to sign for Rangers are understandable, given the scenario that has played out at Ibrox in recent months. McGregor has been Steven Gerrard’s emphatic first choice between the sticks, starting 33 of their 37 games so far this season and conceding just 20 goals in that time (0.61 per game), with 18 clean sheets (54.5% of games) to his name.
Conversely, Foderingham has played just four times in 2019/20 ahead of tonight’s Scottish Cup clash against Stranraer, with two of those outings coming in the Europa League qualifiers and Betfred Cup (as per TransferMarkt). Even though he has been beaten only once in those four matches (0.25 goals per game) and kept three clean sheets (75% of games), he has been unable to dislodge McGregor.
Dawson has emerged as first choice at Sheffield Wednesday in recent weeks and has made 17 appearances in the current campaign, with a decent tally of just 13 goals conceded (0.76 per game) and eight clean sheets (47.1% of games). While those figures read well in their own right, they are inferior to the averages posted by both McGregor and Foderingham this season.
As McNamara has said, McGregor’s fine form has significantly limited Foderingham’s first team chances and, with Dawson having inferior goal concession and clean sheet averages, it seems likely that he would be second choice at best if he were to join Rangers. Therefore, McNamara is right in saying that the Light Blues could be hard pressed to promise him regular action and hence may find it more difficult to persuade him to come to Ibrox.
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