The goalkeeper position at Ibrox has been a point of contention around Rangers of late as Allan McGregor’s performances have cast doubt over his place in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team.
There have been calls for the Gers to drop the veteran shot-stopper after some underwhelming displays between the sticks in recent weeks, whilst his contract in Glasgow is set to expire at the end of the season.
He turned 40 in January and this summer is the perfect time for van Bronckhorst to brutally axe the former Hull man from his squad to make way for a younger number one to take on the gloves at Ibrox.
However, the head coach may not want to allow him to leave until he knows that he has a good number one in place for next season. This is why Ross Wilson must seal a deal to sign Sam Johnstone on a free transfer from West Brom in the summer.
The Gers have been linked with a swoop for the ex-Manchester United man, with 90min reporting that his former side, along with Rangers, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham, are keen on signing him. He would be a big improvement on their current first-choice between the sticks and should be brought in to replace the veteran.
As per FBREF, in European competition over the past 365 days, McGregor, who was dubbed “shaky” by journalist Andrew Dickson, ranks in the 36th percentile for goals conceded in comparison to the goals he has been expected to concede as per xG. He is also in the 12th percentile for save percentage and 42nd percentile for crosses stopped.
In the same categories, Johnstone, who was once dubbed “annoyingly brilliant” by Andy Jones, is in the 93rd, 93rd and 63rd percentiles for post-shot xG minus goals conceded, save percentage and crosses stopped respectively. This is based on 990 minutes of action in the Premier League for West Brom prior to their relegation.
He is out of contract this summer and Rangers must strike a free transfer swoop for the shot-stopper to replace McGregor at the club. The Englishman is 12 years younger than the Scot and the aforementioned statistics suggest that he would be a major upgrade in terms of his shot-stopping and commanding of his area.
Bringing him in will allow the club to axe McGregor from the squad all whilst improving the team at the same time. It is now down to Wilson to work his magic and ensure that he can persuade the Baggies gem that a move to Scotland is the best choice he has available to him.