Rangers boss Steven Gerrard appeared to make a dig at Wes Foderingham in his comments on goalkeeping options at the club ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Livingston, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
Foderingham was signed from Swindon Town in 2015 by Mark Warburton and spent five years at Ibrox before being released earlier this summer and joining Premier League club Sheffield United.
Delighted to sign for Sheffield United. Has always been my dream to get back to the Premier League. Will Give everything for the club ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/dtINogzA3k
— Wes Foderingham (@wes_foderingham) July 18, 2020
He served as the Gers’ no.1 for several seasons before dropping to backup following the return of Allan McGregor in the summer of 2018.
Now, Scotland international, Jon McLaughlin, is filling that role and has impressed in recent outings with McGregor currently sidelined through injury.
“He has experience, we knew he was a good goalie and we knew he’d proved himself at this level before,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “We always knew he’d be able to handle a big club too and he’s come in and been magnificent. He’s a leader, he’s vocal and he’s been a good character around the place.”
“We have two very good goalies vying for No1 – Allan is still injured and will miss the weekend so it’s another opportunity for Jon to impress. It will be a headache I have wanted for a long time. I have wanted two strong keepers battling for that jersey.”
Clearly, the primary function of these comments is to praise both summer signing McLaughlin and veteran keeper McGregor.
Yet, they also feel like a dig at Foderingham.
Gerrard is implying that since he’s been at the club, there’s been no genuine competition for the no.1 spot with only one ‘strong’ goalkeeper at Ibrox.
It’s somewhat surprising considering that Foderingham largely performed well whenever called upon, making no costly errors when playing under the current boss.
Yet, the comments may not come as a huge surprise to the ex-Rangers keeper himself, who told the Open Goal Podcast that Gerrard had attempted to sell him soon after arriving at the club, after apparently taking an exception to his personality.
Foderingham was well-liked by the majority of supporters but it looks as though the manager never warmed to him.