Carlton Palmer: No chance Sam Johnstone will join Rangers in January
Carlton Palmer has reacted to reports linking West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to Rangers, telling Give Me Sports he does not see it happening.
TEAMtalk reported in December that the Ibrox outfit are keen on the England international, 28, and they could sign him on a pre-contract during the January transfer window ahead of a move in the summer.
However, with the likes of West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United also keen on the West Brom ace, Palmer does not see him choosing Rangers ahead of them.
The former Three Lions player told GMS: “I think Rangers is a non-starter.
“It’s a big club, but I think that’s a non-starter. I think he’ll stay in the English league.
“He wants to play in the Premier League, the Premier League is where everybody wants to play, so I think he’ll stay in the English league.”
Rangers are in search of a new goalie, with the contract of Allan McGregor, 39, set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
It remains to be seen whether the veteran will opt to extend his deal or not, but the Premiership giants know they need to start preparing for life without him as he is set to retire sooner rather than later.
Jon McLaughlin and Robby McCrorie are yet to fully convince, and landing Johnstone will be massive.
While he will be available on a free, the Bears simply cannot afford the wages and signing-on fee that most Premier League clubs can offer him.
Rangers could have an upper hand if they retain their title and qualify for the group stages of the Champions League as a result, but playing in the English top-flight remains more attractive for someone looking to retain his berth in the star-studded national team.
Light Blues skipper James Tavernier has been snubbed by England manager Gareth Southgate despite the incredible numbers he has posted over the years, and Johnstone will be aware of that.
The Gers have a very slim chance of luring him away from south of the border, and they should be looking elsewhere for a quality replacement for McGregor.
In other Rangers news, a report has shared which players GvB will allow to leave Ibrox this month.