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Gers target tipped to “jump” at Gers chance

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Rangers have a few players approaching the end of their contracts but perhaps the most important area is the goalkeeping department with both senior players still waiting to sign new deals.

Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin have been outstanding over the last couple of seasons but there have been rumours of other potential targets being signed, Sam Johnstone of West Brom and Benjamin Siegrist of Dundee United the most notable names mentioned.

Ross Wilson appears to have a policy of negotiating with the over 30s players at the end of the season but the last thing we would want is a similar situation to the one that Celtic had when Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon both left, I’d sleep a lot easier at night knowing we had a reliable and experienced keeper in place for next season.

Speaking to Football Insider, Alan Hutton, reckons that Siegrist could well be the solution to the problem should neither veteran extend their stay at Ibrox:

“The Rangers situation is a bit of a strange one.

“We don’t know what’s happening with Allan McGregor yet. McLaughlin, who is McGregor’s understudy, his contract is set to be up, too.

“They have to plan for the future. Siegrist, at 29, has still got a lot of years ahead of him.

“He’s shown he’s very capable in big moments, so it’s worth having a look at.

“I’m pretty sure Benji would jump at the chance to go to Rangers. It might work for both parties.”

Hutton played with Siegrist at Aston Villa and will know him better than most Gers fans but it is a big step up for a goalkeeper going from a mid-table Scottish Premiership team to the champions.

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I’d still prefer McLaughlin to get the chance to commit to at least another season with Robby McCrorie as back-up, if there is a better keeper available then we should consider them but I’m not sure Siegrist is better than what we already have. It would also make a further dent in our homegrown quota of players.

It’s encouraging that Hutton thinks Siegrist would reject overtures from down south to sign for Rangers though, the last thing we would want is to be left with someone like Vasilas Barkas.

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