The recent managerial change at Rangers looks to have dealt a considerable blow to Gerrard signing Andy Firth’s chances of landing a new deal at Ibrox.

The signing of Firth in January 2019 was probably the strangest transfer of the Gerrard era.

The former Liverpool youth player was plucked from non-league Barrow and handed an 18-month contract at Ibrox as a backup keeper.

He’s been given two contract extensions since then despite playing just nine minutes of first-team football.

 

Firth served as third-choice keeper for several campaigns – initially behind Allan McGregor and Wes Foderingham and then behind McGregor and Jon McLaughlin.

However, this season, he’s further down the pecking order with neither Robby McCrorie nor Kieran Wright out on loan.

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Firth was seen as an excellent character to have around the group by Gerrard and the fellow Englishmen in his coaching staff, but now that the Liverpool connection is no longer there at Rangers, his days may be numbered.

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Andy Firth’s chances of landing a new deal at Rangers have greatly reduced after the sudden departure of Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The keeper is one of a number of players whose contract is running down but you imagine that negotiations with the others will be higher up on GvB’s list of priorities.

So far, the former Netherlands international has come across as very businesslike and it just seems unlikely that he’ll hand a new deal to a player who hasn’t made a matchday squad all season.

Firth has loved his time in Glasgow so far, but it’s likely that he’s now in his final six months with the club.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers star announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect on Wednesday.

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