There are some players who can’t handle the pressure of playing for Rangers whereas others, like Jack Butland, instantly show that they are a perfect fit.
The 30-year old might have spent the last couple of seasons as a backup but he has shown no signs of rustiness or decay in the quality that saw him capped by England.
Against Servette, he was the difference, as two 1v1 saves saw Rangers progress and Jack Butland cement himself as a fans’ favourite already with James Tavernier equally as impressed, as reported by The Glasgow Times.
Butland was immense against Servette.
He cleared his lines when under pressure, commanded his area and, more importantly, made world class saves when the odds were against him.
Rangers skipper impressed by Jack Butland’s impact
When asked about the 6ft 5inch tall stopper’s display for Rangers in Switzerland, the skipper was full of praise for Jack Butland:
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“Big Jack has been absolutely phenomenal since he came into the building.
“We obviously lost a great keeper in Allan, but Jack has come in and he’s certainly made his mark.
“He made some unbelievable saves against Servette to keep us in.
“I actually think I put him in good stead in training when I was one-on-one on Monday and he made a save.
“He pulled off two massive saves and that’s what sets great goalkeepers apart.
“As a team and as a defensive line we know we can put our full trust in Jack and he certainly delivered for us.”
A Rangers goalkeeper in domestic football might not have to do anything for 85 minutes but be called upon to save the three points with one save.
Rangers have found that quality in Jack Butland.
He’s not just experienced and another leader in the dressing room, but he is a top quality performer too.
Tavernier is right, Rangers would already be in the Europa League if it wasn’t for Jack Butland.
Replacing Allan McGregor was never going to be easy but Butland has already started his European exploits showreel.