By Jason Jones

6th Jun, 2020 | 1:39pm

Ibrox Exclusive: Bruce claims Hladky would have to settle for deputy role at Rangers

We’re delighted to welcome former Scottish Premiership defender Alex Bruce as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Rangers…

Alex Bruce has claimed that the chances of Rangers signing Vaclav Hladky this summer will rest on whether or not the goalkeeper is willing to play number two to Allan McGregor. 

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, the former Kilmarnock defender praised the Czech stopper, but also suggested that he would struggle to displace the Gers’ veteran first choice.

St. Mirren confirmed earlier in the week that the 29-year-old Hladky will not sign a new deal with the club, and will instead seek a fresh challenge elsewhere next season.

According to the Sunday Post, Rangers have emerged as one potential destination for the player.

But Bruce believes that the transfer will hinge on whether or not Hladky is willing to warm the bench most weeks.

Speaking to Ibrox News, he said: “Wes [Foderingham] was reliable whenever he was called upon, and it will all depend on whether or not this lad will want to go and be a number two or not.

“I can’t see him shifting Allan anytime soon.

“Having a good goalkeeper between the sticks, someone you can rely on, breeds confidence throughout the whole of the team.

“It’s a vital position, and when you’ve got a good goalkeeper – like Hladky is – you’ve got a good starting block to build your team on.”

Hladky made 38 appearances across all competitions for St. Mirren this season, conceding 51 goals in the process.

The player has recently spoken out about his future, suggesting that he is eager to stay in Scotland next term, as well as revealing that he already lives in Glasgow and is a big fan of the city.

In other Rangers news, Alex Rae identifies four key areas Rangers need to strengthen this summer.