Ranger transfer bombshell: Senior player to quit within days - report
By Alex Stevens
Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks is in line to quit the club before the transfer window cut-off next Tuesday, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim Championship strugglers Wigan are in pole position to land the former Scotland goalkeeper in the coming days.
It is said that Wigan “have moved closer” to signing Gilks in recent days and that manager Mark Warburton has privately admitted the veteran can leave.
The Scottish Sun report that Rangers will try and recruit a replacement for Gilks before the deadline in four days’ time.
The 34-year-old joined Rangers on a free transfer last summer after his contract at Burnley had expired but has found first-team opportunities limited under Warburton.
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With Wes Foderingham the undisputed number one, Gilks has had only sporadic opportunities and his only five appearances for the Ibrox club all coming in their Scottish League Cup campaign, which ended with their exit to Celtic in October.
Gilks, who has earned three Scotland caps, is keen to play more regularly rather than be a back-up keeper.
Football Insider verdict
Gilks proved against Celtic in their cup defeat in October that he is a still has a lot to offer at the top level and is certainly not past it in terms of goalkeeper ages. But he has come up against a brick wall at Ibrox in the shape of premier stopper Wes Foderingham, who has had a fine season and restricted his deputy to a bench role. Gilks may well be in the final quarter of his career, but can still land a regular role at another club, instead of being frozen out on the touchlines. It is evident he is not going to get much first-team football at Ibrox this season, and could provide heated competition to Wigan’s Jussi Jaaskelainen if Warren Joyce pursues a deal. The Latics could also do with another experienced player as they attempt to beat the drop in the Championship.