By Matt Farr
Wigan have completed the signing of Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks, it was announced on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old looked destined to leave Ibrox this month following a severe lack of first-team opportunities, and has agreed to join the Championship outfit on an 18-month deal.
The veteran goalkeeper only joined Rangers in the summer, but made just five appearances for the club during his six month stay.
He is set for an important role in the Wigan squad, and will compete for the No.1 jersey alongside fellow veteran Jussi Jaaskelainen and loanee Jakob Haugaard.
The completed deal was confirmed by Wigan on their official club Twitter account on Tuesday.
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Before signing for Rangers, the well-travelled goalkeeper enjoyed spells in the Premier League with Burnley and Blackpool, as well as with Rochdale, Norwich and Shrewsbury Town.
Rangers have already prepared themselves for life without their deputy stopper, and moved to snap up Jak Alnwick from Port Vale.
The former Newcastle man signed in a mere £250,000 transfer deal on Monday, and will provide competition for current Ibrox No.1 Wes Foderingham.
Football Insider verdict
As far as Rangers are concerned, it’s a superb deal. They’ve managed to offload an ageing Gilks who is in the latter stages of his career, and pick up a younger, fresher face in 23-year-old Alnwick. For Wigan, it’s also important deal, because while he brings vast experience to the squad, they have been left short of cover in the goalkeeping position, and desperately needed someone to come in and plug the gap. He was by no means a bad addition for Rangers back in the summer, because he performed very well during his five appearances for the club. However, the club needed to turn their focus towards players with years ahead of them in the game, and ones that could perhaps have a bigger impact in the long-term – as they look to have done with Alnwick.
In other Rangers transfer news, Premier League giants Arsenal are in talks over a potential deal to sign this Ibrox hotshot.