Rangers eye up Portsmouth star ahead of January transfer window - report
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Rangers eye up Portsmouth star ahead of January transfer window - report

The Scottish Sun reports that Rangers are lining up a potential move for Portsmouth star Craig MacGillivray in the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper has impressed since joining Pompey from Shrewsbury Town in 2018.

MacGillivray with the EFL Trophy in March 2019. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The report claims that his club currently values him at a substantial £2.5 million and that he’s also attracting attention from English Championship outfits Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town.

MacGillivray has made 20 appearances in all competitions so far this season, and although he’s yet to earn a cap, he has been called up to the senior Scotland squad on several occasions by Steve Clarke.

It’s suggested that the 6ft 2″ stopper could be signed in an attempt to provide genuine competition Allan McGregor’s no.1 jersey.

McGregor is currently the undisputed first-choice at Rangers. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

Perthshire-born MacGillivray has started to make a name for himself in the EFL, and although Pompey have struggled for consistency across the second half of 2019, he’s been identified as a standout performer.

At 26, he’s still young for a keeper, and clearly has a lot more years left in him than 38-year-old McGregor.

The Gers will need to recruit one way or another, with a goalkeeping exodus looking likely in the summer. The contracts of Wes Foderingham, Jak Alnwick and Andy Firth are all set to expire at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, with the latter two players particularly unlikely to be offered extensions.

A fee in the region of £2.5 million would be extremely steep for a likely second-choice keeper, but if he’s seen as a potential long-term replacement for McGregor, perhaps the club will be willing to push the boat out.

Given that the current crop of back-up keepers won’t be leaving until the summer, though, it would seem unnecessary to force through a move for another before then.