Neil McCann: This is will be massively important for Rangers against Celtic
By Matt Farr
Neil McCann insists the presence of Wes Foderingham in goal for Rangers will be massively important against Celtic on Sunday.
Foderingham was named in the Rangers starting eleven to face Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi final at Hampden on Sunday, contrary to earlier reports that he was set to miss the tie through injury.
The Scottish Sun had claimed on Friday that the 26-year-old goalkeeper was set to miss the Old Firm showdown, having picked up an injury in training.
It was therefore anticipated that deputy stopper Jak Alnwick would make his debut for Rangers, but Foderingham has since been deemed fit enough to play a key role.
But McCann admitted that throwing Alnwick into such a heavyweight clash could have been a mistake, insisting that Foderingham’s presence will be ‘massively important’ for Rangers.
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Speaking live on Sky Sports 2’s coverage of the game, he said: “It was a last minute decision. It’s massively important. I think Wes was crucial in allowing Rangers to gain three points at Pittodrie.
“It would have been a big call, had he not been fit, to bring in Jak Alnwick, because to come into this cauldron, you don’t want the last line of defence suffering any real big nerves, because that’s where mistakes can happen.
“But I’m sure that Pedro Caixinha will be delighted that Wes has suggested that he’s fit. Whether he’s fully fit is another thing, but I think goalkeepers tend to get away with it a little bit.”
Rangers fans, meanwhile, were delighted to see Foderingham passed fit for the clash.
The English stopper has been ever-present at Ibrox this season, and has kept 15 clean sheets from his 38 appearances in all competitions this season.
Rangers can book their place in the Scottish Cup Final with a win over their Old Firm rivals on Sunday, where they will face Aberdeen.
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