Jackie McNamara claims that the Rangers board will be unhappy with St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladaky making negotiations over a move to Ibrox public knowledge.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that it was strange of the shot-stopper to come out and admit that he was in talks with the Glasgow giants and that the senior figures at Ibrox will not be impressed with his decision to lift the lid.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, the 6ft 3in [Transfermarkt] shot-stopper said: “Rangers are interested in me. Some negotiations are under way,” with the 28-year-old available on a pre-contract deal in January.

McNamara admits he was taken aback by the St Mirren’s man admission about moving across Scotland and says that the senior figures at Rangers would not have been too impressed by his candour.

Asked if the player’s comments would have frustrated the board at Ibrox, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, they would have been. It’s a very strange one. I don’t get it, it’s really strange.”

Hladky, a former Czech under-19 international, arrived in Scotland from Slovan Liberec back in the 2019 January transfer window and has been a mainstay for St Mirren ever since, playing 36 times across all competitions.

He has played every minute of his club’s Premiership campaign this season, keeping four clean sheets in 11 appearances.

Steven Gerrard has Allan McGregor as his first-choice at Ibrox, with backup stopper Wes Foderingham heading into the final months of his contract with Rangers.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider can reveal that the club are set to complete a hat-trick of new deals.