Rangers manager Steven Gerrard faces a huge selection dilemma when it comes to naming his side for the Gers first competitive game on July 12th – and he can’t afford any indecision or it could seriously cost him.
When the Gers signed goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Hull City they were immediately left with two quality goalkeepers in McGregor and Wes Foderingham – but Gerrard needs to make a firm decision on which one is his number one.
Foderingham has been the undisputed number one since his arrival in 2015 and has dealt with competition from Cammy Bell, Maciej Gostomski, Matt Gilks and Jak Alnwick but faces his toughest test from the returning McGregor.
At 36, McGregor is in the twilight of his career but there’s little doubt his talent as a goalkeeper hasn’t been diminished by age and the shot-stopper was a vital player for Hull City last season.
After leaving Ibrox in 2012 under a could, McGregor could easily have chosen to steer clear of a return to Ibrox – and he isn’t likely to have come back just to sit on the bench.
Gerrard could yet sell Foderingham over the summer and leave it in no doubt who his number one is but when the Gers return for pre-season training next Friday, Gerrard will surely have already started thinking about how his side look when they kick off their Europa League campaign on July 12th.
If he hasn’t and decides to go into the new season and chop and change between the two then it’s only going to end badly for the Gers.
With a new centre-back pairing almost guaranteed, the Gers need some consistency in goal as they try to bed in new signings and avoid a repeat of last year’s European humiliation.
By the time the league kicks off, Gerrard’s side should, hopefully, have played a number of competitive games and a decision made over who is number one.
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