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Rangers suffer goalkeeper transfer blow

Rangers have suffered a blow in their pursuit of a new goalkeeper as Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks to do his transfer business early at Ibrox this summer.

What’s the word?

According to The Scotsman, the Light Blues’ interest in Bosnian ‘keeper Vladan Kovacevic appears to be wide of the mark.

The 24-year-has two years left on his contract and is valued at £1.8m by Transfermarkt, so if Rangers were to make a move then it would involve a fee.

This particular transfer doesn’t look likely, however, as the Gers start to look at other targets for the goalkeeping position.

Supporters will be gutted

Van Bronckhorst has had a solid start to his managerial life at Rangers, winning the Scottish Cup and leading the team to a historic Europa League final which ended in heartbreak as Eintracht Frankfurt won on penalties.

There is an excellent base from which to build as the squad head into pre-season in a few weeks’ time, but the Dutchman could have a few conundrums to work out first.

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The goalkeeping position is one which could be a headscratcher. With first-choice Allan McGregor now 40 and his future up in the air, the hunt is on for a replacement.

News surrounding Kovacevic is a big blow to the supporters and Van Bronckhorst, mainly due to a similar playing style as McGregor, although the Bosnian appears to be much better with the ball at his feet.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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The Ibrox club have been linked with a whole host of shot-stoppers since the turn of the year such as Benjamin Siegrist and Sam Johnstone, but whoever comes in will have a hard job replicating the standards that McGregor has set for the previous four seasons.

Unfortunately, everyone’s time to retire comes at some stage, and if he does end his career this summer, the 40-year-old can be happy that he went out on a high by lifting the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park last week.

Van Bronckhorst will have confidence in Jon McLaughlin ahead of next season, as the backup ‘keeper has been excellent whenever he has featured for the club, but competition for places is never a bad thing.

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