Foderingham's display proves he's still a top goalkeeper
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Foderingham's display proves he's still a top goalkeeper

Despite losing his place in the team, Wes Foderingham showed he’s still one of the best goalkeepers in Scotland at Rugby Park.

As Rangers progressed to the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup after their 3-1 win over Kilmarnock, Alfredo Morelos came in for much praise. However, Steven Gerrard should be providing just as much thanks to stand-in goalkeeper Foderingham.

The man brought in by Mark Warburton in 2015 recently lost his place in the side to the returning Allan McGregor. However, against Kilmarnock on Sunday, Foderingham proved he still has a part to play.

The Englishman came in for huge stick last season as he lost poor goals. A lack of confidence combined with poor team form led to a decline in performances from Foderingham. It was then no surprise that Gerrard brought in a new number one in former hero McGregor.

McGregor has been a revelation since returning to Ibrox (MB Media/Getty Images)

However, the 27-year-old put in a stunning display in Ayrshire to remind everyone of his capabilities.

The standout moment was his first-half stop from Gary Dicker. As a free-kick fizzed into the Rangers penalty area, Foderingham reacted to divert Dicker’s flick over the bar. It was an exceptional stop. The way the former Swindon Town man got down and flicked the ball over was top-class.

Added to that though, there was a confidence and a swagger to him on his return.

Foderingham may have beaten away a Will Grigg penalty in pre-season, but this performance certainly topped that.

He showed a commanding nature to his play and dominated his own penalty box. Much of Steve Clarke’s side’s game is about getting crosses into the area. If it wasn’t Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic powering the ball away, it was the goalkeeper coming out to claim it.

There appears to be no way back into the first-team for Foderingham on a more permanent basis. McGregor’s displays since returning to Ibrox have been sensational, and has done nothing to warrant being dropped.

Foderingham denies Will Grigg in pre-season. (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What the Englishman can take solace from, however, is the fact that when called upon, he showed how good he really can be.

It wasn’t McGregor good, nothing really is these days. However, it was much better than Rangers fans can remember from Foderingham.

The only real area of improvement that still needs tackled is his distribution. When under pressure with the ball, the former number one still seems to shank the ball out all too often.

However, outside of that, it was an exceptional display from Foderingham. His future at Rangers may be bleak, but he proved he’s still one of the best in the land with the confident Rugby Park outing.