Rangers have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Andy Firth from National League side Barrow on an 18-month deal.
The 22-year-old has been a key figure for Barrow this season, making 18 appearances between the sticks according to Transfermarkt. However, it will be a huge step up for him to join the Scottish Premiership and a big task to force his way into the first team reckoning at Ibrox Stadium.
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Gers boss Steven Gerrard will already be familiar with Firth, having worked with him in his time as a youth team coach at Anfield. Firth will also join fellow Anfield graduates Ryan Kent, Jordan Rossiter and Jon Flanagan at the Glasgow club.
Firth will likely become the fourth choice shot-stopper at Rangers, behind Allan McGregor, Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick. Whilst his acquisition may well have been very affordable, it was probably also unnecessary.
What’s more, returning to pick up former Liverpool youth prospects with such regularity demonstrates a lack of ambition, imagination and inspiration on Gerrard’s part.
With the Gers currently locked in the thick of a tight title race, along with Kilmarnock and reigning champions Celtic, Gerrard’s priority in this January transfer window ought to be getting his side to such a point that they can maintain their challenge until the end of the campaign.
Firth is unlikely to add much to the Rangers squad, and his acquisition could be seen as an unnecessary distraction.