Ally McCoist shares 'phenomenal' Rangers verdict amid Jack Butland transfer news at Ibrox
Ally McCoist has admitted he is fully on board with Rangers attempting to sign Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland in the summer transfer window.
The Scottish Sun reported on Monday (24 April) that the Gers were on the verge of completing the signing of the ex-England international, who has been deputising for David de Gea at Manchester United while on loan this season.
Current Rangers number one Allan McGregor, is reportedly set to hang up the gloves at the end of the season [Daily Record, 16 February], and McCoist admitted that despite the 41-year-old being a “phenomenal servant”, Rangers need to bring a fresh goalkeeper through the gates of Ibrox this summer.
Speaking live on talkSPORT Breakfast (25 April, 8:38am) about the potential transfer of Butland, McCoist said: “I’d take that all day.
“Greegsy (Allan McGregor) has been a phenomenal servant to the club.
“I don’t know how Robby McCrorie is coming on but we definitely need a keeper. I’m saying that although I haven’t seen him (Butland) for a while.
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“But if he’s anything like he used to be I’d take him all day.”
Fresh legs needed
Although McGregor has been a brilliant servant for Rangers over the past few years, this summer is now the time for a change in between the sticks.
Michael Beale has often talked about the importance of impacting the game in both boxes of the pitch, and this has been the club’s major weakness this season.
Unfortunately, McGregor no longer has the ability to pull off game-changing stops in between the sticks for the Gers, and numerous times this term, the 41-year-old has been culpable of some soft concessions.
Although Butland hasn’t played anywhere near enough football for his own liking in the last 18 months, a move to Ibrox would be a great way to reignite his career.
At 30 years old and after playing at both International, Premier League and Championship standard, the Manchester United loanee has the experience under his belt to perform under the glaring Ibrox spotlight and delivers the goods in an Old Firm derby.
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