Recent reports have seen Glasgow Rangers linked with a move for Cambridge United stopper Dimitar Mitov, with the Bulgarian brute potentially set to be the long-term heir to veteran ace, Allan McGregor, at Ibrox.
While the 40-year-old is currently playing second fiddle to teammate Jon McLaughlin in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, the former Scotland international has largely been the first-choice pick across his two spells at the club, having re-signed for the Old Firm giants in 2018 after a six-year absence.
The former Gers youth product – who initially left Glasgow back in 2012 to join Besiktas – has racked up 447 appearances in all competitions for the club in total, recording an immense tally of 204 clean sheets in that time.
Despite his advancing years, the Edinburgh-born gem has remained a colossal figure in recent seasons and proved integral in the remarkable run to the Europa League final last term, notably producing a stunning double save against Sparta Prague back in November.
The £13k-per-week titan had previously produced similar heroics against fellow Czech outfit Slavia Prague just a few months earlier back in March 2021, inexplicably keeping the ball out of the net late on with what Adrian Durham described as an “impossible” piece of goalkeeping.
Such moments of quality have seen Tam McManus even go as so far as to suggest that the 42-cap hero – who has just a year remaining on his current deal – is Rangers’ “best ever goalkeeper”, with it no doubt set to prove a difficult task to try and follow him
With the aforementioned McLaughlin somewhat failing to convince at present – dropping a clanger in midweek against Union Saint-Gilloise – it could well be that man Mitov who steps into the veteran’s shoes moving forward, if the Cambridge stopper is snapped up this summer.
The 25-year-old put himself firmly on the map following his sensational display against Newcastle United at St James’ Park back in January, making ten saves in total as the Football League side claimed a shock 1-0 victory to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the Magpies’ expense.
That giant-killing saw the 6 foot 2 ace unsurprisingly swoop the man of the match award – and record a mightily impressive 9.4 match rating as per SofaScore – with journalist Josh Bunting lauding him as “absolutely outstanding” for his eye-catching performance.
Despite his relative youth for a goalkeeper, the former Charlton Athletic man has already racked up 133 senior appearances since joining the U’s back in 2017, with it not set to be a case of handing the gloves to an inexperienced prospect, if the Gers are to sign him.
Replacing an immense figure in the club’s history in McGregor will no doubt be a challenge, although Mitov has already showcased he is a player who thrives on the big occasion.