Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, currently out on loan from Rangers, could see his Ibrox career come to a permanent end in the next few weeks.
Football Insider reported that the ‘Gers are ready to listen to offers for a “nominal fee” of less than £100,000 for the 26-year-old, who is currently loaned out to English League One outfit Blackpool.
According to Football Insider, sources from Rangers have indicated that the ‘keeper has no future at Ibrox and are preparing to offload him in January.
Having been signed for Rangers by Mark Warburton nearly three years ago, he never managed to establish himself at Ibrox, with just 11 appearances for the Light Blues. His current loan spell is the second since he signed for the ‘Gers, having also spent time at Scunthorpe last season.
Warburton had brought him to the club with the intention of providing competition for Wes Foderingham, who himself has lost his place in the side to Allan McGregor since the latter returned to Rangers from Hull last year.
The 37-year-old, who has started 30 of the Light Blues’ 34 games so far this term, won’t be leaving any time soon, having signed a one-year contract extension last week to keep him at Ibrox until 2021 (as per rangers.co.uk).
Alnwick’s likely sale next month would leave Steven Gerrard with three senior goalkeepers – McGregor, Foderingham and Andy Firth.
Foderingham has been a solid presence between the sticks for Rangers, having kept three clean sheets and let in just one goal in his four matches so far this season. His overall record at Ibrox has seen him concede 144 goals in 142 games for the club (1.01 per game), with 55 clean sheets (38.7% of games).
While Rangers shouldn’t seem unduly affected in the short-term by selling Alnwick, his departure could raise the question of where they stand with goalkeeping options in 18 months’ time.
McGregor will be 39 and out of contract by then, and while Foderingham has proven capable of stepping up, they may need a more proven backup than Firth.
Once Alnwick goes, as seems likely from Football Insider‘s report, the process of seeking a reliable goalkeeper to ultimately compete for Foderingham once McGregor retires should begin so that the ‘Gers are not left light in that position come 2021.
Rangers fans, do you think selling Alnwick next month would be the right call from the club? Do they risk being threadbare in the goalkeeping department further down the line? Have your say by commenting below!
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