Glasgow Rangers are closing in on signing goalkeeper Jack Butland following recent developments from England.
What’s up with Jack Butland at Rangers?
According to The Sun, Crystal Palace have passed up the chance to extend Butland’s contract for another year, leaving him free to move to Rangers this summer in a big boost for Michael Beale.
They were lucky enough to trigger a one-year extension but decided against it as they already have two top goalkeepers at the club.
It comes just a week after Fabrizio Romano revealed on Twitter that the Ibrox team were looking to sign him:
“Rangers are advancing in negotiations to sign Jack Butland as their new goalkeeper on a free transfer from Manchester United, deal is getting closer.”
Could Jack Butland replace Allan McGregor?
The Light Blues’ failure to challenge Celtic and make the Champions League stemmed from a variety of factors, however, their goalkeeping situation was arguably the main contributing issue.
McGregor and Jon McLaughlin have both conceded 51 and 18 goals in 36 and 18 games respectively, with major improvement required between the sticks before 2023/24.
Robby McCrorie has come to the end of the Premiership season and kept three clean sheets in four games, but will Beale perhaps opt for the slightly more experienced Butland to solve his key problem?
The nine-cap England international has made 87 Premier League appearances in his career, with his best season coming in 2017/18, averaging 4.1 saves per game while still managing with 96 per cent of his losses in 35 matches for Stoke City.
The 30-year-old made no appearances last season for Palace or Manchester United, spending the final six months of the campaign on loan at the Old Trafford side, however, suffering a broken finger last summer. excluded. for 16 games.
Former Palace boss Patrick Vieira was full of praise for Butland but in 2022, amid a lack of playing opportunities, said: “Jack is a true professional – he’s a positive professional.
“He was frustrated not to play, but he never complained and never showed that. He kept working hard, and when the strikers want to make extra finishes, he’s always the first to lift the hand.
If the 42-year-old could get the 6ft 5in colossus to replicate his performances for Stoke, then there is no doubt he could shine in Scotland, with Gers desperate for a top-class goalkeeper, c sure.