Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst will have some tough decisions to make as he embarks upon his first summer transfer window in charge of the Glasgow giants.
The Dutch head coach will need to make big calls on players that he wants to sign and current Light Blues players that he wants to replace.
One area that he may be forced into addressing is the goalkeeping unit, as Allan McGregor is set to leave the club for free upon the expiry of his contract this summer.
His exit would leave the Gers in the need of a new number one, and they have been given a boost in their pursuit of an addition between the sticks…
Alan Nixon recently revealed (via his Patreon) that Crystal Palace are willing to let Jack Butland leave the south London club, and he could be available for a ‘bargain’ price as Rangers eye up a swoop for the shot-stopper.
Ross Wilson can replicate an Old Firm masterclass by securing a deal to bring the Eagles goalkeeper to Ibrox in the coming months.
You only have to look across the city to see the kind of impact that bringing in a former England international between the sticks can have. Joe Hart joined Celtic last summer and enjoyed a phenomenal season in the Premiership to help them to the league title.
The former Manchester City stopper averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.95 across 35 appearances as he kept a whopping 19 clean sheets. He made just one error directly leading to a shot or goal – in comparison to McGregor’s four – as he made himself a reliable option for Ange Postecoglou.
Butland, who has made 299 career appearances for club and country at senior level, is an experienced English goalkeeper – like Hart – and he has the potential to be a great player for van Bronckhorst.
In the Premier League, he has kept 21 clean sheets in 87 appearances and only made one error directly leading to a goal in that time. This shows that he has the ability to play at the top level, and that is why he could be an excellent signing for the Gers this summer.
He could follow in Hart’s footsteps and get Ibrox rocking with huge saves and commanding displays between the sticks in the Premiership, hopefully leading to Rangers winning back the title off their arch-rivals.