By Joe Ellis

2nd May, 2022 | 5:40pm

Rangers move for Martin Fraisl on the rocks after his agent's comments

Rangers’ pursuit of Schalke goalkeeper Martin Fraisl has taken a blow as the player’s agent has made some eye-opening remarks about his future.

The Light Blues have identified the 28-year-old as a key target for their summer recruitment with the Daily Mail reporting them and Norwich City as the two leading candidates for his signature.

The Austrian might be willing to stay in Gelsenkirchen for another season though if they get promoted back to the Bundesliga which would deny Giovanni van Bronckhorst of his main target.

Sascha Empascher, Fraisl’s agent, has come out to say that his man still loves his current club but has some deals on the table from both Schalke and elsewhere.

“Martin has some requests on the same level, so don’t worry,” he said to German media outlet WAZ.

“There are signals from the club to talk to Martin after the end of the season.

“Schalke is a fair club, Martin is a real sportsman and it goes on one way or another. He is the potential promotion goalkeeper and loves Schalke.”

Need a keeper

It is no secret that van Bronckhorst is in desperate need of a goalkeeper with his two options currently being 40 years of age and an inexperienced backup.

There should be plenty of options in between the sticks in the transfer market so if Fraisl does decide to stay at the Geltins Arena, he won’t be left without an alternative available.

But if Fraisl is his number one choice, then Rangers need to go in and try to get him to show their intentions to the rest of Scotland and even Europe ahead of the 2022/23 season.

If the Gers’ board get pushed around over the Austrian’s deal, then you can guarantee that every other club trying to negotiate with them will do exactly the same.

There might still be plenty of football to be played this season but you can never start preparing too soon and getting your number one through the door early is the first thing any team should do pre-season.

In other Rangers news, van Bronckhorst’s men could be asked to play a huge 29 games before the World Cup break next season and it’s just inhumane.