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Rangers eyeing up veteran goalkeeper Asmir Begovic

An update has emerged on Glasgow Rangers and their plans to bolster their options between the sticks…

What’s the talk?

According to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook, the Light Blues are eyeing up a swoop to sign Everton shot-stopper Asmir Begovic at the end of the current campaign.

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The former Stoke City man is out of contract in the summer of 2023 and the Gers could now swoop to sign the experienced colossus on a free transfer.

Crook tweeted:

“#EFC goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is a summer transfer target for #RangersFC.”

Beale can finally ditch McGregor

Teddy Bears boss Michael Beale can finally ditch current no.1 Allan McGregor by securing deal to sign Begovic, whether that comes in January or at the end of the season when his deal at Goodison Park expires.

The Scottish stopper’s form has declined in recent seasons and his worrying form indicates that the Gers could improve their team by replacing him in one of the next two transfer windows.

During the 2020/21 title-winning campaign, McGregor saved 85% of the shots on his goal and averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.20 across 27 appearances in the Premiership. He also only made one error leading to a shot or goal and these statistics show that he was sensational between the sticks as he saved the vast majority of the efforts against him and rarely made mistakes.

However, the veteran only saved 66% of the shots on his goal last season, averaging a rating of 6.76, and made four errors leading to shots or goals, whilst he has stopped 59%, averaging a score of 6.73, in the current term.

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These statistics prove that the £13k-per-week liability has been on a massive decline over the past two years and that is why Rangers may be looking at a new shot-stopper to replace him.

Begovic, who was once dubbed as the “ultimate professional” by his former manager Eddie Howe, has been a backup for the Toffees since the start of last season but did catch the eye during his spell with Bournemouth in the Championship in 2020/21.

The Bosnian averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.99 and saved 73% of the shots on his goal across 45 appearances for the Cherries as he consistently delivered quality displays between the sticks.

He proved that he still has what it takes in the present as he showcased his quality in the Premier League this season with a Sofascore rating of 8.00 and a clean sheet against West Ham for Everton, saving all four of the efforts against him.

Begovic – who earns £43k-per-week in the English top-flight – also produced a brilliant display in the EFL Cup earlier this term as he earned himself a Sofascore rating of 8.2, by saving five out of five shots, in a 1-0 win over Fleetwood.

The 35-year-old’s statistics, albeit with limited game time in the last 18 months, indicate that he could be an upgrade on the struggling McGregor and that is why Beale must push for this deal to be done.