Jens Lehmann urges Rangers to sign target after stunning Euro 2016 display
By Alex Stevens
Jens Lehmann urged Rangers and other clubs to sign goalkeeper Michael McGovern after his man-of-the-match performance against Germany on Tuesday.
A breathtaking display by the Northern Ireland No1 enabled his team to hold the world champions to a narrow 1-0 win in their Euro 2016 group match and help smooth their passage into the knockout stages.
Former Arsenal keeper Lehmann was hugely impressed with McGovern’s display and told clubs across Europe to sign the 31-year-old, who is a free agent after his contract expired at Hamilton.
“He was fantastic and he kept them in the game several times, I have heard he is running out of contract and he is a free agent now,” Lehmann said live on the BBC. “Can he speak German? I will ask a couple of clubs to take him after today’s performance.”
McGovern made a string of outstanding saves to keep his side in the match and finished the game with more completed passes than any of his team-mates.
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The in-form shot stopper is reported to be one of the four keepers Rangers have shortlisted to replace Cammy Bell.
McGovern was described as “putting himself in the shop window” by Lehmann but it remains to be seen if his performances will have done enough to attract genuine interest from other clubs.
The Enniskillen born keeper started his career at Celtic 15 years ago but failed to make a single league appearance for the club.
He now has 333 career appearances to his name, all of which have been in Scotland.
McGovern will be in the Northern Ireland team that faces Wales in Saturday’s ‘Battle of Britain’ last-16 Euro 2016 clash.
In other Rangers news, the club are in advanced talks to make their sixth summer signing.