By Matt Farr
Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham has admitted he is full of excitement at the opportunity to showcase his talents on the European stage next season.
The Scottish club are set to make their return to European football for the first time since 2011, having secured their place in the qualification stage for the Europa League with a win over Patrick Thistle on Sunday.
Foderingham, 26, has played a crucial role for Rangers over the course of the season, and has been rewarded with his efforts with a chance to play in continental competition next term.
The Rangers No.1 has kept 15 clean sheets from 41 appearances in all competitions this season.
As quoted by the club’s official website on Tuesday, Foderingham said: “I am so excited to be playing in Europe. The vast majority of boys haven’t played in Europe before, me included, so I am really looking forward to it.
“Hopefully we can get through the qualifiers and get to the group stage – that would be fantastic for the football club and for us as players today.”
Foderingham’s confidence will be pleasing for Rangers fans; however, Scottish rivals Celtic have shown just how difficult it can be to achieve success in Europe, having endured a fairly mixed campaign in the Champions League this term.
Celtic had suffered an early scare with a 1-0 defeat to Lincoln Red Imps in the first-leg of their second qualifying round tie back in July, only to bounce back and book their place in the group-stage.
They were then thrashed 7-0 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp in their opening group-stage match, but earned respectable draws against Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.
On their last appearance in European competition, Rangers were eliminated from the Champions League qualifying stages with defeat to Swedish outfit Malmo FF.