Rangers keeper Allan McGregor’s moment of stupidity against Hibs last week has landed the veteran with a three-match ban – and it could end up harming Robby McCrorie’s chances of going out on loan next season.
McGregor will miss the final two games of this season against Celtic and Kilmarnock before sitting out the season opener in August.
This season’s back-up, Wess Foderingham, is almost certain to leave this summer after kicking his heels on the bench for the last 12 months leaving Andy Firth and McCrorie next in line.
Depending on what Steven Gerrard decides to do over the summer, it wouldn’t be too crazy to suggest that if a new keeper is signed then it might not happen until towards the end of the transfer window – particularly if it is a loan signing.
Ideally, McCrorie will go out on loan next season and build on his impressive spell with Greenock Morton in the Championship before coming back to Ibrox and challenging for a starting place.
But, if McCrorie is needed to sit on the bench in the opening game of the season then it could seriously limit his options.
With the League Cup’s group stages taking place in July before the league season gets underway, smaller sides will want to have their squad settled by then.
Few teams are going to want to wait until mid-August to bring in a new goalkeeper and get him bedded in with his new team-mates.
There are a few other options available like Kieran Wright or Aidan McAdams but whatever happens, it’s created a problem – albeit a fairly minor one – that Gerrard could have done without.