A big update has surfaced on Rangers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s plans to replace Ibrox veteran Allan McGregor this summer…
What’s the talk?
According to the print edition of the Daily Record on April 5 [page 48]Via Ibrox News, the Gers have made Schalke goalkeeper Martin Fraisl their number one transfer target heading into the window, with the Scottish giants setting their sights on their first signing.
The report states that there are doubts about McGregor’s future at the club and that the 2. Bundesliga jewel will be available on a free transfer as his contract with the German outfit expires at the end of the season.
Should the Rangers let McGregor go free?
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Gio van Bronckhorst badly needs the Austrian goalkeeper ahead of next season because McGregor has become a liability in the Premiership this term.
The 40-year-old has cost the club too many times in the Scottish top flight and it is time for a changing of the guard between sticks in Glasgow.
SofaScore has him down for making three errors leading directly to goals and one error leading directly to a shot in the Premiership. While these are worrying stats, they don’t take into account the goals you’d expect a Rangers goalkeeper to save.
For example, his weak save directly into the path of Tom Rogic against Celtic last weekend did not register as a direct error, but it was a save’s error that saw Hoops level the match. His failure to stop a near-post effort against Motherwell in a 2-2 draw also escaped that label, and these incidents illustrate just how costly his mistakes have been.
This is why van Bronckhorsst is in dire need of a new goalkeeper and Fraisl may be the man to take McGregor’s place in goal at Ibrox. Schalke Sporting manager Rouven Schroder called his form “excellent” and his statistics in the 2. Bundesliga back it up, with an average SofaScore rating of 6.83.
The 28-year-old has also not made any mistakes that directly lead to league goals this season. While it’s hard to say whether or not he has made the kind of mistakes the Scot has made that aren’t considered direct mistakes, he does show that he makes fewer mistakes than the veteran.
The £5.9k-a-week gem is also quoted in the report as saying: “I have made it my goal to play the last 10 years at least of my professional career at the same club.
“I want to play until I am 42 years old. My body resembles that of an 18-year-old boy.”
This suggests that he is willing to be loyal to the Gers and will do so for the long haul if they decide to hire him this summer. It’s an attitude fans are sure to love as it suggests he has the potential to enjoy a fantastic spell with the club if he is able to deliver on the pitch.
And in other news, Smith endured the Rangers’ big howl for a “world-class” £7.5m jewel that was “admired by all”…