My Di Canio bust-up will prepare me for the pressure, says Rangers 'keeper Wes Foderingham

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The new Rangers goalkeeper feels confident he will adapt to his new surroundings at Ibrox.

The life of an Old Firm player is one fraught with pressure and scrutiny, but new Gers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham feels one past experience in particular, will hold him in good stead.

The incident happened three years ago, while playing under Paolo Di Canio at Swindon, and found the, then, 21-year old unexpectedly thrust into the media spotlight.

Foderingham was hauled off on 21 minutes after an error led to Preston’s opening goal and was less than pleased with the decision.

His reaction - kicking water bottles, doors and swearing at his gaffer - led to him being branded ‘arrogant’ and ‘unprofessional’ by the ex-Celtic man, and forced to issue a public apology.

The former Swindon man feels the incident will only help as he prepares for the goldfish bowl of Glasgow as an Old Firm player.

“I’m an emotional guy and I wouldn’t like to look back and say it was a mistake. It’s character building and these things help you develop your game,” Foderingham is quoted as saying in the Daily Record.

“Rangers is a massive club and there will be a lot of spotlight and attention on me, so my past experiences will help me and stand me in good stead.”

The former England Under-19 international was released by Swindon this summer upon his contract expiry and signed a three-year deal with Rangers last week.

The 24-year old will be hopeful of earning a starting spot ahead of the ever-present Cammy Bell and believes his footballing education should give him every chance.

He added: “We played out from the back at Swindon and the keeper was involved with the ball as a sweeper/keeper. I’m comfortable with that and Mark says he wants that.”

Mark Warburton is slowly assembling a squad capable of an SPL return and in Foderingham, appear to have signed a young keeper with a mentality crucial for life under the Old Firm spotlight.

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