Rangers manager Steven Gerrard priced Wes Foderingham out of an Ibrox exit and told the keeper he “wasn’t his type of person,” the former Ibrox number one has claimed following his Gers departure.
Foderingham’s contract expired over the weekend and, after two years playing understudy to Allan McGregor, has moved on in search of regular first-team football elsewhere.
The former Swindon star made 130 appearances in his first three seasons for Rangers under Mark Warburton, Graeme Murty and Pedro Caixinha – but only managed 13 in two seasons under Gerrard following McGregor’s return to Ibrox.
Foderingham admits he found his treatment by Gerrard “strange” and thinks the Liverpool icon just didn’t take a liking to him.
“I knew by bringing him in as manager and some of the players we were linked with, we were going up another level, and the onus was then on me to raise my game and say: ‘It doesn’t matter who you bring in, I am going to show him I should play’,” Foderingham said, speaking to Open Goal.
“When McGregor came in, it was always the club’s intention to sell me that summer. I was never told that but that’s what happened, I got a call from my agent.
“I found it strange. I had a meeting with the manager and he said I wasn’t his type of person, which I found quite strange.
“He didn’t go into any great depth but he just kind of questioned my willingness to fight for a position, which I don’t think I showed anything to suggest I wasn’t happy to fight for my place. I have fought for my place my whole career.
“The decision was made and at this point I wasn’t even training with the main team. I trained with the goalies but when we went into the main session I had to stay over. I couldn’t believe what was happening. But sometimes a manager doesn’t take a liking to you.
“I thought I was away that summer but I spoke to my agent and he said the club wanted X amount for me but no-one was biting at that amount.
“The club said I wasn’t going on loan, they wanted that figure. In all honesty, I was priced out of a move at that point. They tried to drop it slightly but it was never a realistic figure.”