Rangers 24-year-old in race for fitness ahead of clash v Hibernian - confirmed
Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty has confirmed that goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is in a race for fitness to be ready to be in the squad against Hibernian on Wednesday night.
The Light Blues travel to Easter Road for their next Scottish Premiership fixture, but they may have to do so without their No 2 goalkeeper who has picked up an ankle injury.
Alnwick, 24, was not on the bench for Saturday’s 2-1 win over Ross County at Ibrox and was replaced by third choice shot-stopper Liam Kelly.
And it appears that may be the case again in Edinburgh this week.
“Jak Alnwick is getting checked on his ankle which is why he missed the weekend. He’s doubtful for tomorrow too,” said Murty, as quoted on the Light Blues’ official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.
GM: Jak Alnwick is getting checked on his ankle which is why he missed the weekend. He’s doubtful for tomorrow too.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 12, 2017
Alnwick has only made three appearances for Rangers this season, with all of them coming in the Scottish League Cup when Pedro Caixinha took the chance to rest Wes Foderingham and give the former Port Vale goalkeeper a chance to impress instead.
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The 24-year-old didn’t do a bad job in those games but he was between the sticks in Caixinha’s penultimate game before his sacking when the Gers lost 2-0 to Motherwell at Hampden Park in the League Cup semi-final.
Foderingham is expected to start in goals once again this week against Hibernian and Alnwick may not get another chance until the Scottish Cup kicks off in January with a trip to Fraserburgh.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has aimed a dig at the Gers after landing a new job.