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Rangers: Michael Beale could solve key issue by signing Premier League winner

Glasgow Rangers appear to be in a much better position now than they were before the World Cup hiatus.

Under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the club had slipped nine points behind their Glasgow arch-rivals in the Premiership title race, while losing all six of their Champions League group matches.

The Dutchman was duly sacked and former Ibrox first-team coach Michael Beale was appointed as manager in the 47-year-old’s stead.

Despite winning five matches from six since the resumption of the campaign in December, defensive issues remain, especially considering that Rangers have conceded six goals in those matches.

The Light Blues have been linked with a summer move for Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook.

Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin have conceded a staggering 47 goals between them this season, and a move for Begovic would surely make sense during this month’s transfer window rather than in the summer.

McGregor’s contract expires at the end of the season and this will almost certainly be his last campaign at the club as he turns 41 later this month, so Beale will surely be looking at bringing in another shot-stopper.

The Bosnian certainly fits the bill, especially with his experience in the Premier League. The 35-year-old has made 256 appearances in the English top flight, keeping 65 clean sheets while also winning one league title and an FA Cup during his time in England.

While mainly a backup option at Everton, he impressed during a loan spell at Bournemouth in 2020/21, playing 45 league matches for the club while making 2.7 saves per game and keeping 15 clean sheets, but he hasn’t had many chances to shine over the previous 18 months.

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In his only Premier League appearance this term, he was in stunning form, saving all four of the shots that he faced while keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win against West Ham United. This shows that, even though he is a backup to Jordan Pickford on Merseyside, he can still produce at the highest level.

It’s no wonder that the £45k-per-week veteran was dubbed the “ultimate professional” by his former manager Eddie Howe, and if Beale is looking for an experienced player who will be available for free in the summer, Begovic could be his ideal signing to solve his glaring goalkeeping problem at Rangers.