Former Rangers star Neil Alexander has sympathised with Wes Foderingham after the keeper had to spend much of the last two seasons playing second-fiddle to Allan McGregor – and admits his lack of opportunities will have left Fod feeling like he was “only there to make up the numbers.”

Foderingham left Ibrox at the weekend following the end of his contract, bringing the curtain down on five years in Glasgow, and Alexander knows what Fod will have gone through after a similar experience during his own time at Rangers.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - JULY 19: Goalkeeper Neil Alexander gives instructions during a pre season friendly match between FC Schalke 04 and Glasgow Rangers at the Veltins-Arena on July 19, 2008 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

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The now-retired Alexander confessed that he feels “so sorry” for Foderingham and thinks he had a bit more luck than the Englishman with McGregor a bit more prone to injury earlier in his career.

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“I do feel so sorry for Wes as it’s horrible being a No.2, especially when you’re a No.2 to a guy as talented as Allan,” Alexander said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“But I was luckier than Wes because I managed to play in some really big games and those games always gave me the encouragement that it might happen again.

“Allan was younger back then and he’d pick up injuries from time to time. Now he’s older and wiser he’s probably learned how to look after himself a bit more and take better care of his body.

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“During my time I always felt there would be an opportunity for me to get a game. But that’s not been the case for Wes.

“It makes a huge difference knowing there’s a carrot at the end because if there’s nothing to look forward to then you feel like you’re only there to make the numbers up in training.”

Foderingham was one of a number of players to leave Ibrox when their contract ended over the weekend and it likely won’t be long until the shot-stopper is fixed up with a new club.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 15: Wes Foderingham of Rangers during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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While he would have continued to make an excellent deputy to McGregor, two years on the sidelines is a long time for someone in the prime years of their career.

Wherever Foderingham ends up, they’ll be getting a solid keeper for free after Rangers let his deal expire.

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