By Matt Farr
Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks is expected to leave the club this month and could be heading for England, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun expects the former Scotland goalkeeper to leave Rangers during the January window, claiming Championship strugglers Wigan have emerged as a potential destination.
The former Blackpool stopper only joined Rangers at the start of the season but has found first-team opportunities limited under manager Mark Warburton.
The 34-year-old has made only five appearances for the club this season, all coming in their Scottish League Cup campaign, and has not featured since their cup exit to Celtic in October.
Gilks has been unable to find his way past undisputed number one Wes Foderingham.
The Latics, who are 23rd in the Championship with just one win in their last 10 games, are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper after losing loan signing Adam Bogdan to a long-term injury.
Bogdan has since returned to Liverpool to focus on his recovery, but it has left Wigan boss Warren Joyce with only one first-team goalkeeper in 41-year-old Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The Scottish Premiership is currently on a mid-season break, and Rangers are not in action again until their Scottish Cup fourth round clash with Motherwell on January 21.
Therefore, it seems unlikely that Gilks will be willing to hang around and waste precious time instead of forcing a move away.
Wes Foderingham is the current No. 1 at Ibrox, and has given Warburton little reason to shake things up in between the sticks, forcing Gilks to ponder his long-term future at the club.
Football Insider verdict
Gilks proved against Celtic in their cup defeat in October that he is a still a quality goalkeeper, despite his advancing years. But premier stopper Wes Foderingham has been in very good form, which has restricted Gilks to a backup role. The experienced Scot may well be coming to the end of his career, but can still land a regular role at another club, instead of wasting away on the bench. 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 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.