Rangers transfer news: Ivor Pandur targeted for summer move amid roadblock on Jack Butland deal
Rangers are targeting Fortuna Sittard goalkeeper Ivor Pandur for a move this summer after reaching an impasse with their pursuit of Jack Butland, the Daily Mail reports.
The Croatian was watched by Ibrox scouts as his side lost 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven at the weekend (14 May), where he is on loan from Verona in Italy.
Michael Beale is after a keeper for his summer overhaul with Allan McGregor leaving, likely for retirement, and Jon McLaughlin’s future unclear.
Despite the strong form of Robby McCrorie the Gers have been heavily linked to Manchester United’s on-loan Crystal Palace man Butland, but according to the Mail he “so far, remains too expensive”.
Pandur, 23, has kept seven clean sheets in 29 Eredivisie appearances this season, conceding 48 goals, with the mid-table side sitting in lower-mid-table in 12th.
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Butland was considered by some to be below the level at which Rangers needed to be aiming to lift their fortunes next season, but at least has Premier League and international experience with England.
So in comparison Pandur may not be the kind of target that gets fans excited, but it was always likely to be the case that Beale would be forced to get creative during the window without a huge budget to utilise.
McCrorie has so far made a notable play for the number one spot next season, with two clean sheets from two against Aberdeen and Celtic, so if whoever is brought in is intended to be second choice it may not matter quite so much.
Whatever happens it is certain that there will be a changing of the guard, with McGregor’s extensive Light Blues career apparently confirmed to be over at the conclusion of the campaign by his manager when he said “we are going to lose one keeper this summer because he is out of contract” on 13 May [via Football Scotland].
McLaughlin hasn’t looked like being the answer in his opportunities earlier this season, while McCrorie has so far hardly put a foot wrong.
But if someone comes available with the experience and stature of a number one, the 25-year-old could still end up as deputy for the new campaign.