Ibrox View: Latest update on 'unbelievable' reported Rangers target will leave Gerrard beaming
It’s an uncomfortable truth that all Rangers fans are probably trying to put to the back of their mind, but Allan McGregor can’t have too much longer left at the very highest level.
The 38-year-old has been a stalwart for the Gers during Steven Gerrard’s tenure at the club, but time is very much against him, and it’s hard to see him lasting more than another season or two as the Gers’ first choice.
It makes sense, therefore, that the club could well have started their search to replace the veteran stopper already.
A report from the Scottish Sun made way back in December suggested that the man at the top of the Gers’ wish list was St. Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky.
The article claimed that talks were already underway for the 29-year-old, but no deal was agreed during the recent January transfer window.
Hopes of a switch being rekindled will no doubt have been raised by the latest update from St. Mirren skipper Sam Foley.
As quoted by Four Four Two, he said: “Obviously the situation is totally unprecedented. We might not be back playing until guys like Vaclav are out of contract which is a worry.
“He’s had an unbelievable season and he is an unbelievable goalkeeper.
“There’s no doubt in my mind he will end up playing at a much higher level than the Scottish Premiership. It’s only a matter of time.”
Now, there’s no guarantee that this means a move to Ibrox is on the cards, but at the very least it does mean that the Czech stopper is seemingly open to an exit this summer.
So far this term, Hladky has averaged 4.48 shots against him per game, making 3.11 reflex saves, and conceding 1.36 goals, as per Wyscout.
As a point reference, McGregor has faced 2.75 shots, making 2.07 reflex saves, and conceding 0.68 goals per match.
While Hladky may have conceded twice as many goals per game, he is playing in a vastly weaker side, and the fact that he is making as many saves as he is, and that several are of a high degree of difficulty, show that he would be an ideal replacement for McGregor at some point in the future.
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