By Danny Wright
Legendary Celtic goalkeeper Packie Bonner doesn’t think it would take Darren Randolph long to find a new club if he was deemed surplus to requirements by West Ham.
Bonner, a former Republic of Ireland interational, thinks that the Hammers’ stopper could find his time at the London Stadium come under threat after being axed for the last four fixtures.
Randolph made two big mistakes in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland in April and hasn’t played since as Slaven Bilic decided to reinstate Adrian in his starting line-up.
However Bonner, 56, finds it unfair that nowadays goalkeepers can be dropped from the team just for a handful of blunders and wants to see the Irons outcast prove to Bilic that he was wrong to exile him.
“He was left out of the West Ham team which was a wee bit disappointing for him but the pressure is so much on these teams now. If you make one or two mistakes you are out, in our day you could make 10 mistakes and you were still there. That’s changed,” said Bonner, as quoted by the Irish Sun.
“He knows what it takes to play that level and I think he’s old enough now to handle all that. He’ll be desperate to get back in, that’s for sure.
“Whether that happens or not, he’s in a different position now than he was three years ago — that’s for sure. People will come looking for him.”
Randolph, 30, was signed by West Ham from Birmingham in 2015 but was originally used as a back-up option to Adrian.
Following a shaky start to the campaign, the Spanish ‘keeper was dropped in Randolph’s favour as he played in every league game between November and April, before his mistake-ridden performance at Sunderland.
The 19-times Ireland international has made 27 appearances in Bilic’s side this term, keeping just six clean sheets and leaking 42 goals.
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