As the first team squad has reported back for pre-season this week, the club has kept us up to date with the early stages of training.
Following Monday’s bleep test, on Tuesday, the players made it out onto the pitch for the first time.
🔙 On the pitch.
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The hard work starts now as many players with uncertain futures look to impress the manager.
However, a photo from the day two training gallery exposed one current imbalance in the Gers squad.
There are far too many goalkeepers.
Allan McGregor, Wes Foderingham, Jak Alnwick, Robby McCrorie and Andy Firth are all senior players currently contracted to the club.
That’s just those who are pictured, too. There’s also Nicky Hogarth, who trained with the first team last season, Aidan McAdams, who spent last campaign on loan at Annan Athletic and Reserves stopper Kieran Wright, who recently signed a new deal.
That’s a somewhat farcical situation.
Something must give
Allan McGregor’s future isn’t in doubt after a superb start to his second spell with the club. Andy Firth’s isn’t either. It was a surprise move from Gerrard to go to non-league football to acquire a keeper. Nevertheless, he signed an 18-month deal back in January, and there’s nothing to suggest that won’t be honoured.
A Scottish Sun report claimed last month that both Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick would leave this summer. However, as yet, there have been no developments on the futures of either player.
That leaves Robby McCrorie, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Morton. We had speculated that if both Fods and Alnwick left, he would be in line for a big promotion.
For now, though, his path to the first team is blocked and he remains third or fourth choice.
Surely something has to give in this area over the next few weeks. It’s crucial that Stevie G continues to add quality, but it’s equally important that he looks to offload players in order to streamline the squad.
Foderingham is the most likely stopper to command a fee and after several years of service, he, in particular, deserves regular football elsewhere.