These Bears respond as Rangers linked with imminent swoop for Premiership player
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Rangers fans react to reported interest in St Mirren keeper Hladky

Rangers fans have responded on social media after the Gers were linked with an imminent swoop for St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky [Sunday Post].

The 29-year-old stopper announced himself in Scottish football with a heroic penalty shoot-out performance in the Premiership playoff at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Rangers are said to be considering a move for St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He built on that success in the curtailed 2019/20 campaign, in which he kept ten clean sheets for the Buddies, just four fewer than Allan McGregor and Fraser Forster and one less than Motherwell no.1 Mark Gillespie.

The former Czech Republic youth international claimed Rangers approached him in November last year [Scottish Sun] and now, after St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin confirmed Scottish clubs were interested in the player [BBC Sportsound], the Sunday Post have reported that he is top of Rangers’ list of potential replacements for Wes Foderingham.

Foderingham has served as Allan McGregor’s backup for the last two seasons but will leave the club in the coming days when his current contract expires.

Wes Foderingham is set to leave Rangers in the coming days. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Hladky’s own deal is also running down, meaning he is set to be available on a free transfer.

There has been a mixed response to the report from Rangers fans on social media.

The majority have been impressed by the keeper’s displays for St Mirren and feel he would be a good, low-risk addition to the squad, but others believe Academy player Robby McCrorie deserves to be promoted to the no.2 spot rather than heading out on loan again next season.

McCrorie starred at Queen of the South over the first half the 2019/20 campaign and then got his first taste of the Premiership with Livingston before the leagues were halted amid the global health crisis.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

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