By Sam Stone

6th Jun, 2023 | 6:40pm

David De Gea sends Jack Butland message as Rangers transfer confirmed

David De Gea has sent Jack Butland a message after the Crystal Palace goalkeeper completed his long-awaited transfer to Rangers.

The Gers confirmed the signing of the 30-year-old shot-stopper on a four-year-deal on Tuesday 6 June after his Crystal Palace exit was finalised

De Gea, who earns nearly £350,000-a-week (Daily Mail, 29 March), has since sent Butland a message on Instagram.

“JB [hands up emoji],” wrote De Gea (via Instagram, 6 June).

Golden chance

This is a golden chance for Butland to get his career back on track after a disappointing couple of years. He hasn’t played anywhere near as much as he would have liked and is at an age where he has to be number one. Allan McGregor’s shoes are certainly big ones to fill, but, if Butland can get back to his Stoke City days, there’s every chance he will be a hit.

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He’s represented his country. You don’t get a call-up to the England squad unless you are a quality goalkeeper. Beale clearly fancies his chances of getting a tune out of the 30-year-old. Rangers fans will be pleased to see their goalkeeping issue resolved.

McGregor’s prolonged career has led to Rangers’ search for a new number one being swept under the carpet. It’s a problem Giovanni van Bronckhorst should have dealt with last summer. With three new additions now over the line, it’s been a promising start to the summer.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have been sent an injury warning regarding one of Beale’s new signings.