Alan Hutton insists that goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky would be a “great addition” for Rangers after his departure from St Mirren.
The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he has been blown away by the shot-stopper’s “unbelievable” performances for the Paisley-based side.
St Mirren confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the 29-year-old had turned down a contract offer and had left the club with immediate effect, leaving him a free agent.
An offer was made to @VaclavHladky but he has decided he wishes to pursue options elsewhere and leaves with immediate effect. We'd like to thank Vaclav for all his efforts in the Black and White. pic.twitter.com/UMU7ClN4oF
— St Mirren FC (@saintmirrenfc) June 2, 2020
As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers’ scouts rate Hladky as one of the best goalkeepers in Scotland and are keen on a potential deal, although they have doubts about his ability to command the box.
Rangers have let both Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick leave Ibrox at the end of their contracts, leaving Steven Gerrard with just Allan McGregor as an experienced first-team goalkeeper.
Hutton believes that Hladky could be the answer to the manager’s problems, insisting the keeper has been a standout player in the Premiership since his arrival.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I’m actually big admirer of Hladky, I think he’s done unbelievably well at St Mirren, any time I’ve seen them he’s been one of their standout players.
“If you look at the lower teams, the keeper is a massive part of what they do and how they get points up on the board. He’s been an unbelievable player for them for the last little while so it doesn’t surprise me Rangers have been sniffing around him.
“Especially a free agent, it ticks the box if they’re spending a lot of money on Hagi and they can get a player they need for the squad on a free, it’s the ideal situation for them. I think he’d be a great addition to the squad.”
Hladky has 59 games under his belt in Scotland to date, having joined St Mirren in January 2019.
With Alnwick and Foderingham out the door at Ibrox, 22-year-old Robby McCrorie is set to become next in line behind McGregor.
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