Last season’s back-up stopper Jon McLaughlin has started this season at Rangers’ number one but after a disappointing Champions League qualifying defeat to Union Saint Gilloise the Scotland international hasn’t escaped criticism.
With Ibrox legend and last season’s number one Allan McGregor on the bench, the 40-year-old keeper famously electric on European nights of yore, it’s a conversation that isn’t going to stop either.
For plenty of fans, Rangers should’ve signed a new keeper this summer and breathed a little fresh air into a stagnant position but instead the club opted for a McGregor renewal.
When things go wrong at Rangers they go really wrong and the Champions League collapse threatens to be a dark cloud that lingers over the club before the season has really gotten underway.
McGregor and McLaughlin will at the centre of that if we can’t turn the USG disaster around and it’ll have plenty asking what happened with Bosnian stopper Vladan Kovacevic.
Rangers-linked Vladan Kovacevic confirms Benfica interest
The 24-year-old Rakow Czestochowa stopper was named Ekstraklasa Goalkeeper of the Season last season and Rangers were mentioned as potential suitors by the Herald earlier in the summer.
However, as the links bubbled away Vladan Kovacevic signed a new contract with Rakow Czestochowa which seemed to pour cold water on any reports.
Now, after OGC Nice signed Kasper Schmeichel there is expected to be a knock-on effect with Leicester moving for £17m-rated Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos [Record].
Vladan Kovacevic would then be earmarked for a move to Benfica and the Rangers-linked goalkeeper has confirmed the interest.
“I have an offer from Benfica,” said Kovacevic [Sport].
“But we’ll see what will happen. If this transfer takes place, it would be very positive.”
It’s all very interesting but from a Rangers point of view this could be another young talent the club missed out on by penny pinching in the transfer market.
If Vladan Kovacevic does make the switch to Benfica, we expect there might some disgruntled Rangers fans and probably the same ones who aren’t settled on either Allan McGregor or Jon McLaughlin.