Ibrox View: Rangers could face tricky battle if they rekindle reported Vaclav Hladky interest
Amongst Steven Gerrard’s transfer priorities for Rangers this summer, you would imagine a goalkeeper must rank fairly highly.
With Allan McGregor well into his late 30s, and with Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick both linked with potential exits this summer, it’s not unreasonable to think that the Gers could be in need of another stopper at some point in the relatively near future.
St. Mirren’s Vaclav Hladky has emerged as a target in recent months, with the Scottish Sun reporting towards the back end of last year that the Gers were looking to snap up the Czech.
But if the latest comments from Saints boss Jim Goodwin are anything to go by, Ibrox chiefs could have a battle on their hands if they are to rekindle that interest this summer.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “We are in constant discussions with a number of players and Vaclav is paramount to that.
“He has been a huge success for the club in the last few seasons. In my opinion he is in the top three or four keepers in the league. He has attracted interest from clubs in Scotland, south of the border and abroad.
“We are doing all we can to keep our good players. We can only make offers within our budget, if someone comes in with a bigger and better offer there’s not much we can do about it.
“Vaclav loves it at St Mirren, he respects the fans and has a great working relationship with the staff and players. We will do all we can to hold on to him.”
But while Goodwin’s stance is a strong one, there is still enough doubt in his tone to be cause for quiet optimism.
By his own admission, St. Mirren would be rendered relatively helpless in their bid to retain the 29-year-old – who is out of contract in Paisley this summer – if a bigger and better offer came along.
And you would like to think that we could out-muscle the Saints if it came down to a straight tussle over the player’s wages.
Perhaps a bigger threat, therefore, are the unnamed clubs from across the continent who Goodwin claims are in pursuit of Hladky.
It’s understandable that a number sides are in pursuit, with Saints skipper Sam Foley claiming that the stopper is an “unbelievable” talent, but that could spell bad news for Rangers.
Generally speaking, the more clubs that are keen on a player, the harder it is to win the race for him.
There’s no concrete indication that the Gers plan to rekindle their interest in the Czech at the end of the season, but if they do, signing him will be far from plain sailing.