David Weir has backed Wes Foderingham to benefit from Allan McGregor’s absence, in an interview with the Daily Record.

Rangers’ no.1 keeper is facing a two-match ban after being cited by the SFA.

The 37-year-old is in hot water. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

His charge relates to a challenge on Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson, during the fixture at Pittodrie last week.

Rangers and McGregor have appealed the suspension, and will reportedly learn the outcome of that challenge on Wednesday.

His potential absence presents a major opportunity for backup stopper Foderingham and Weir has faith in the 28-year-old.

Foderingham has over 100 league appearances for Rangers, but just one this season. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“…Allan has come in and raised the bar and i’m sure Wes will be the first to admit it’, Weir told the Record.

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‘He’s shown the level you need to be at in a Rangers team challenging at the top of the league. But, if he does end up facing a ban, then Wes will be a very safe pair of hands to bring in.’

‘Wes will see this as his chance now, because he’s waited long enough for it. It’s up to him to grasp it and he’s more than capable of doing it and giving the manager a bit of a headache’, he concluded.

Recently, he played in the mid-season friendly against HJK Helsinki and at Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Certainly, with just four appearances this season, Foderingham’s opportunities have been limited.

Whether he has a realistic chance of usurping McGregor in the pecking order or not, is up for debate.

Yet, after so long waiting in the wings, it will be interesting to see how he fares, with some important matches coming up.