St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has spoken about the possibility of his star goalkeeper joining Rangers, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
Earlier this week, Vaclav Hladky claimed that he had entered discussions with the Gers about a transfer [Scottish Sun].
Goodwin claims he is unaware of any negotiations and that no approach has been made to speak with the player. However, he does think Rangers will be interested in the Czech.
“Rangers haven’t got in touch with us or expressed an interest to speak to Vaclav,” said Goodwin, as quoted by FourFourTwo. “But from January he’s free to sign a pre-contract with whoever he wants.”
“I’ve no doubt Rangers have been looking at Vaclav as has every other club in Scotland, and there’s also interest from England and abroad. Whoever does eventually get him will be getting a fantastic goalkeeper.”
Hladky has been impressive since his arrival in Scottish football last season, helping St Mirren retain Premiership status by making three penalty saves in the playoff final.
The 28-year-old was also impressive when the Gers travelled to the Buddies earlier this season, and it took a special Borna Barisic free-kick to deprive him of a clean sheet.
He has stated that a move to England would be his ideal outcome come the end of the season [Scottish Sun]. However, given his contract situation, he would be a rare no-risk signing and Gerrard and co. will surely at least be keeping an eye on him.
With Allan McGregor still looking as sharp as ever at 38, any move to Ibrox would likely be dependent on Hladky being willing to serve as the backup keeper for at least one campaign.