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Rangers could have solved key issue by signing Sam Johnstone

Giovanni van Bronckhorst could face somewhat of a goalkeeping dilemma shortly at Glasgow Rangers, especially since the Ibrox side decided against bringing another shot-stopper to the club during the summer transfer window.

The Dutchman gave Jon McLaughlin the number one jersey ahead of the new season, but some poor performances and the fact he conceded eight goals in two games during September gave Van Bronckhorst some food for thought.

An injury to the 35-year-old following the thrashing by Dutch champions Ajax allowed Allan McGregor to play just his second match of the season against Napoli, and he showed what the club was missing by making two penalty saves, despite the Serie A side prevailing 3-0.

The Light Blues could have avoided this debate by signing another goalkeeper in the summer, with a current Premier League player one of their targets…

Wilson shocker

The Ibrox side were linked with Sam Johnstone way back in April and he was available on a free transfer due to his desire to leave West Bromwich Albion in the summer.

The 29-year-old started off at Manchester United but found success in the Championship. First of all with Aston Villa, where he spent a productive 18-month loan spell before joining the Baggies in 2018.

The Englishman played 167 games for the club, keeping 45 clean sheets and helping them achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2020.

Johnstone, who has three caps for England, impressed last season in the Championship, making 1.6 saves per game, saving one penalty, and keeping 15 clean sheets from 36 matches.

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And, Rangers’ loss was Crystal Palace’s gain, with Patrick Vieira managing to lure him back to the Premier League. His value now sits at £6.2m and the Gers could have had the 29-year-old as their number one this season if Ross Wilson and Van Bronckhorst had acted a bit quicker.

Matty Lawless described Johnstone as “outstanding” following a performance against Man United in 2020 and it appears that this decision not to pull the trigger on a move for the shot-stopper was something of a shocker by Wilson.

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