By Matt Farr
Ex-Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks has hinted at a lack of fight in the Ibrox dressing room after sealing a move away from the club last month.
The 34-year-old was recruited by Rangers back in the summer, but after making just five cup appearances for the Scottish club, requested a move in January.
The former Blackpool stopper sealed a move to Championship outfit Wigan, where he has already made five appearances.
However, speaking to the Daily Record, Gilks has slammed the dressing room environment during his brief stay at Ibrox, whilst reflecting upon his nightmare stint.
He said: “I went to Rangers and it wasn’t really a successful move for me. I thought I warranted a few starts here and there when things weren’t going well.
“But I didn’t get that and I didn’t want to be sitting on the bench. I want to play football, and that was behind my decision to come here.
“I see in the dressing room now [at Wigan] a lot of what we had when I was at Blackpool. We were good lads, we were fighters, we had honest, honest people.
“It’s probably something that I’ve been searching for since I left Blackpool.”
Gilks was part of the Blackpool setup that fought for their place in the Premier League during the 2010-11 campaign. He made 18 appearances in the top-flight, keeping four clean sheets, but could not prevent them being relegated back to the Championship after just one season.
Since leaving Blackpool, he has struggled to find regular first-team roles, working as deputy to premier stopper Tom Heaton at Burnley between 2014 and 2016.
Despite the prospects available at Ibrox this season, he swiftly found himself playing second-fiddle to Wes Foderingham.
He quit the club having failed to make a single league appearance.
Rangers alleged ‘lack of fighting spirit’ has seen them fall a whopping 33 points behind rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, while they are also nine points behind second-placed Aberdeen.
The club are enduring a difficult spell, with a new manager yet to be appointed following the dismissal of Mark Warburton earlier this month.