By Doug Ward

11th May, 2021 | 7:10am

Rangers goalkeeper Brian Kinnear heads for trial at Birmingham City

Rangers goalkeeper Brian Kinnear has headed to Birmingham City for a trial ahead of a potential permanent move, according to Not The Old Firm.

The football news website claims the 20-year-old’s loan spell at Annan Athletic in Scottish League Two has come to an end and with his contract at Ibrox due to expire in the summer, he’s already started to think about where his future lies next.

It is understood that Birmingham, who finished 18th in the English Championship, are willing to offer Kinnear a chance to redeem himself after being one of the five Gers players who were caught breaking COVID protocols earlier this year.

Time to move on

Kinnear is 20-years-old and while he’s still a baby in terms of goalkeepers, the fact that he’s failed to get game-time on loan at Annan shows where he is in his development.

If Kinnear was ever going to make it at Ibrox you would expect him to be at least starting every game for a team in the fourth-tier but instead, since joining Annan, he’s played just two times.

Kinnear played once in the league, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Queen’s Park, and once in the Scottish FA Cup.

In his Scottish FA Cup, Annan were beaten on penalties by Highlands League side Formartine although he did save two spot-kicks [transfermarkt].

We wish Kinnear well at Birmingham.

He might not win a contract there but it seems sensible for him to move on and join a club that’s in England’s second-tier.

If he does sign for the West Midlands club, we don’t expect him to get much in the way of game-time but who knows? He could prove us wrong.

In other Rangers news, this BBC Sportscene pundit claims one Gers star has a weaker case than a Celtic player.