Portsmouth chairman Michael Eisner is heading for a disaster with “very strong” goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray.
According to Portsmouth outlet The News, League One outfit Ipswich Town are showing an interest in Craig MacGillivray and they could swoop for the shot-stopper if he becomes a free agent next month. MacGillivray is out of contract at the end of June and the club opted against triggering a 12-month extension due to wage concerns, which has left him in limbo ahead of next season.
Ipswich are now eyeing up MacGillivray as they look to strengthen their own goalkeeping department. London News Online reported in May that fellow League One side Charlton Athletic are also considering a swoop for MacGillivray on a free transfer.
“You can talk about his mentality that he gave that away but he made the save.
“So he’s a very strong, mentally, keeper as well and he’s been a really good signing,
“That’s been his only big mistake all season and it still didn’t go in.
“He doesn’t drop anything when he comes for crosses as well, is very confident, and he made a couple of good saves later on as well.”
Portsmouth fans will be fuming with this news as they could be about to watch their Player of the Season leave the club to join one of their rivals for nothing. MacGillivray was named Portsmouth’s Player of the Season last month after picking up an incredible 64% of the fan votes, which highlights how highly the Pompey fans rate the goalkeeper and why they would be livid at the prospect of him joining Charlton or Ipswich.
Danny Cowley’s side could be competing for promotion against Charlton and Ipswich in League One next season and MacGillivray could, potentially, help one of them beat Portsmouth to an automatic promotion or play-off place.
He has proven his quality at this level, as shown by his Player of the Season award, and could, therefore, be a terrific addition to Charlton or Ipswich’s squad. This means that they could be strengthened by signing MacGillivray, whilst Portsmouth are weakened by losing their best goalkeeper and getting nothing back in return.
Whilst it is understandable that Portsmouth chairman Michael Eisner is hesitant to offer big money to MacGillivray in a new deal, given the current pandemic and the financial implications, the club must work hard to find a better solution to this situation.
MacGillivray has proven to be worth his £2.7k-per-week deal and extending his contract with a small pay rise and the promise of a hefty promotion bonus and wage increase that could see him earn the wages he wants if the club secures Championship football for the 2022/23 campaign makes perfect sense.
This could help Portsmouth avoid disaster and would allow MacGillivray to either get the wages he wants or be allowed to leave on a free transfer next summer, as part of the deal.
If the club are not able to work out a contract like that and MacGillivray does go on to join one of their rivals, it will be a major blow for Pompey and the fans will rightly be devastated by it.