By Dominic Toner
New Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks is focused on helping his new side end Celtic’s six-in-a-row title bid and has vowed to push very hard for the number one jersey.
The ex-Burnley man was brought to Ibrox earlier this month to challenge for the goalkeeper spot with Wes Foderingham.
He told the Rangers website: “I hope to still play, I still want to play football, I have just turned 34 and feel I am the fittest I have ever been after coming out of Burnley.
“But I think our goals this year are more about what we do as a team rather than individuals.”
New team-mate Foderingham revealed that he has been impressed by Gilks since he joined the side, as the pair look set to battle it out for the number one jersey in the upcoming season.
Youth goalkeepers Liam Kelly and Robby McCrorie have been a part of the squad during their pre-season tour and have been able to train with the first-team players.
After securing promotion to the Scottish Premiership last season they are widely expected to compete at the top level and Gilks is fully aware of the pressure his team will be under.
“I can feel it, when we’re training they know the expectation is going into the league as champions so now they have to kick on again because a lot is expected of Rangers Football Club,” he told the Rangers site.
The 34-year-old has promised to do everything he can to gain a starting place after a quiet spell at his former club.
Gilks spent two years with Burnley, but made just two appearances for the club who were promoted into the Premier League last season.
After starting his career at Rochdale he went on to enjoy a successful six-year spell at Blackpool, in which time he won promotion to the Premier League in the 2009-10 season.
In other Rangers news, two senior players have rejected new low paid deals.