Rangers 24-year-old could be summer victim with latest deal finalised by club
Rangers fans have not had a lot to shout about in the last few years but one source of positivity for them is coming from the youth set-up.
Craig Mulholland is doing a top job with the development sides and it will be great for everyone if Graeme Murty can return to his role in the Under-20s if he is axed from his first-team role at the end of the season.
One position that is looking to be well-stocked for the future is in goalkeepers after the Light Blues announced via their official Youth Academy Twitter account on Wednesday that Nicky Hogarth had his contract extension finalised to keep him in Govan until 2020.
Earlier in the campaign, Robby McCrorie also signed a long term deal that commits him to Ibrox until 2022 while first-team No 1 Wes Foderingham extended his deal until 2020 last September.
There are a number of top goalkeeprs coming through at Ibrox and that must be putting pressure on Jak Alnwick, who is currently playing second fiddle to Foderingham in the senior squad.
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He is the one shot-stopper that could be a victim of this wave of young talent in the summer transfer window and there’s every chance that director of football Mark Allen could try to save a few quid by offloading the fringe player and overseeing a youth player’s promotion to the first-team.
Alnwick, who signed from Port Vale last January, has not been a great back-up choice and is barely ever trusted by whoever is in charge with just six appearances in all competitions since January 2017.
He could not even keep a clean sheet against Falkirk earlier this term and had a shocker in the Scottish League Cup semi-final loss to Motherwell.
It’s about time that the 24-year-old is moved on in the summer, he is clearly not going to make anything of himself at Rangers and there are better options chomping at the bit to get the chance that he currently has.