Replacing a Rangers hall of fame legend is never going to be easy, however, Jack Butland is making it look easy.
Initial doubts about being rusty and not playing regularly for a few years have been put to bed and the 30-year old has shown that he can match Allan McGregor’s ability to make the big save when it matters.
Against Servette, Rangers could have been dead and buried by half-time but for the interventions of Jack Butland, who is an early contender for signing of the summer, the 6ft 5inch stopper rightly earning the praise of his manager, via rangers.co.uk.
Rangers get it right with Jack Butland signing
It was never going to be a position that Michael Beale gambled with.
The importance of having a good goalkeeper can never been downplayed and the nine-times capped England international has proven why he was the right man for the job.
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Calm, composed, proactive off his line and an outstanding shot stopper, despite the reported £40,000 per week pay packet, Rangers have landed a bargain getting Jack Butland in on a free.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw with Servette that sees a repeat of last season’s play-off tie with PSV Eindhoven, the Gers gaffer said of his new number one:
“I have to say Jack Butland was outstanding tonight too and that’s why we have recruited him.
“Jack Butland made one really important save but that’s why he’s here.”
Butland’s reaction to his early save when faced 1v1 says it all.
No celebration, no remonstrating with his defence.
He just got on with the game, just doing his job.
Very Allan McGregor-esque.
All Rangers have to do now is get the defensive structure right so that Jack Butland doesn’t have to bail us out – scoring open goals would be a good help too.