Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has some major decisions to make heading into the summer transfer window as a number of first-team players are out of contract.
He could need to swing his axe and cut a few of them from his squad to make way for fresh blood, and one player who could find himself on the wrong end of the stick is Allan McGregor.
The Scottish shot-stopper recently turned 40 and his age suggests that it could be the right time to part ways with him in order to bring in a younger goalkeeper to be a long-term number one for the Dutch head coach.
Van Bronckhorst could finally replace the veteran by bringing in Schalke machine Martin Fraisl. The Daily Mail recently reported that the Gers are looking at him as a potential summer target, alongside Premier League outfit Norwich, as they consider bolstering their goalkeeping department.
The Austrian is out of contract at the end of the campaign, much like McGregor, and this means that Rangers can land him without paying a penny in transfer fees. Ross Wilson could snap him up on a pre-contract agreement and instantly replace the club’s current number one on the same day at the start of July.
In the Premiership this season, the 40-year-old dud has made three errors directly leading to goals, with this statistic not taking into account every shot that you would expect him to save which ends up going past him. This means that his fumbling hands or poor kicking have led to Rangers conceding three times, although it is hard to gauge how many more goals have been let in from his mistakes indirectly.
Meanwhile, Fraisl has made zero errors leading directly to goals in 2. Bundesliga for Schalke. Sporting director Rouven Schroder dubbed his form “excellent”, with the ‘keeper managing five clean sheets in 14 games. He has also completed 87% of his passes in his own half, showing that he is reliable with the ball at his feet and capable of keeping shutouts at a good standard of football.
At the age of 28, he also has 12 years on the Scotsman, and this means that the Light Blues could get a number of years of service out of the shot-stopper. He could be Rangers’ number one for many years to come if they swoop to bring him in and this, along with his performances for Schalke, is why the club must sign him on a free transfer to replace McGregor in the summer.