Newcastle’s new goalkeeper star Jak Alnwick could be Rangers’ answer to Forster

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After an impressive showing against Chelsea, soon to be out-of-contract Newcastle goalkeeper Jak Alnwick should be a transfer priority for Rangers.

Fresh from performing admirably during a 45-minute cameo for Newcastle United against Chelsea over the weekend, Glasgow Rangers could do worse than take a closer look at 21-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who will be available for nothing next summer.

Much has been made of the financial constraints being placed on the Ibrox club, but now Magpies owner Mike Ashley is guiding the Glasgow giants, the first order of business could be to bring the 'keeper north of the border.

Former Everton and Stoke no.1 Steve Simonsen is the current Rangers first choice but with the former South Shields resident now 35 it’s time for the Gers to look to the future.

And if one club can supply them with a quality goalkeeper to build their team around, should they seal promotion to the Scottish top flight, it’s Newcastle.

From Steve Harper and Shay Given through to current first-choice Tim Krul, the Toon have a fine track record for nurturing young goalkeepers.

One man who needs little in the way of an introduction to Scottish football fans is Fraser Forster, the former Celtic goalkeeper who broke top-flight records during his stay at Parkhead - much to the dismay of Gers fans.

Signed for a snip at just under £2 million back in the summer of 2012, Forster's final season at the club saw the goalkeeper set a new club record of 11 league clean sheets in a row and set a new Scottish league record of 1155 minutes without conceding.

Now an England international sold on to Southampton at a profit of £8 million over the summer, Rangers could have their own opportunity to sign the next Forster in waiting with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitting the youngster will be very much in the “shop window” over the coming weeks.

Speaking to the Chronicle over the weekend, Pardew admitted that "Jak is in a contract situation with us ... I don’t know whether he is good enough or not if I am honest."

However after seeing the youngster pull off a string of impressive saves against league leaders Chelsea, the Toon boss may be eating his words when it comes to the former Gateshead star, who looked every bit the Premier League 'keeper against the Blues.

Alnwick would undoubtedly be a gamble for Rangers but with the goalkeeper available for nothing and already showing his top-flight credentials it could prove to be an inexpensive one that pays off for years to come.

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