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Rangers: Journalist makes bold claim on summer business

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Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that Rangers need two goalkeepers in the summer transfer window ahead of the coming season.

There have been reports stating that Rangers are interested in signing Jack Butland from Crystal Palace, but the Scottish Premiership side face competition from Bournemouth, who are also keen on the former England international.

With Allan McGregor’s contract expiring, his future remains unclear as there have been no talks of a new deal being offered, while Andy Firth will be leaving Ibrox at the end of the month. Therefore, Giovanni van Bronckhorst will need to work hard to bring in at least one new goalkeeper.

With the possible departure of two goalkeepers at Rangers, O’Rourke has claimed to GiveMeSport that the Dutch manager might need to bring in two replacements this summer.

He said: “They let another goalkeeper leave after releasing Andy Firth at the end of the season.

“I think Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be looking to bring in, if not one, maybe two new goalkeepers this summer. They’ll be looking at all goalkeeping options to try and improve the squad.”

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TIF Thoughts on O’Rourke’s comments…

It would be a huge miss for Van Bronckhorst if McGregor was to leave Ibrox in the summer, as he has made 448 appearances in all competitions for Rangers, so his experience is priceless at the club. However, he is 40 years old, so might not be able to feature much next season, when the club could bring in a younger goalkeeper who could progress and become the long-term No 1.

Butland could be a good option for Van Bronckhorst as he has been out of favour at Palace since he signed and has made just 17 appearances in all competitions over two seasons, but he is a talented goalkeeper having previously been named in the England squad and could act as a good replacement for McGregor.

And considering the options between the sticks at Ibrox, we wouldn’t be surprised if O’Rourke’s assessment of the situation becomes reality over the coming weeks.

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