The Scottish Sun reports that Rangers will sign St Mirren keeper Vaclav Hladky on a pre-contract if they decide to let Wes Foderingham leave the club.

28-year-old Foderingham was brought to Ibrox by Mark Warburton in 2015 and has since racked up over 100 league appearances.

Foderingham played in his first Old Firm win in May. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, he’s dropped down to second choice since the return of Allan McGregor and is out of contract in the summer.

It’s suggested that the powers that be at Rangers will decide in the coming weeks whether or not to offer the Englishman a new deal.

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If not, Hladky, who is free to talk to prospective new clubs in January, is apparently lined up as a direct replacement.

The former Czech Republic youth international, who is also 28, has impressed as the Buddies no.1 since joining last season but is said to be settled in Scotland and content with the prospect of playing second fiddle to McGregor.

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There’s no suggestion that Rangers are looking to replace McGregor as no.1. (Photo by Paulo Oliveira / DPI / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

Foderingham has been a good servant to Rangers since joining four years ago, helping the club return to the top flight.

 

He’s a dependable figure between the sticks and has deputised well in recent times when McGregor has missed games through injury or suspension.

If he wants to stay and the club decide to offer him a new deal, few Bears would protest.

If Hladky is indeed lined up, though, he presents an exciting alternative. He’s new to the Scottish game but has done plenty right since his arrival.

His standout contribution was keeping out three penalties in the Buddies’ relegation playoff victory over Dundee United in May. He also pulled off a number of smart stops against the Gers back in August.

At 38, McGregor is still performing but might not have too many seasons left in him. Therefore, it might simply be a case of who the management views as his most suitable long-term replacement – tried and tested Fods or impressive Premiership newcomer Hladky?

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