Speaking to the official Rangers website, Mark Warburton has given his view on the playing chances of Maciej Gostomski, confirming that he will not be waltzing into the first-team ahead of Wes Foderingham.
Warburton said: “In Maciej we have a very hungry goalkeeper with a great physical stature, and he has impressed Jim Stewart and the coaching staff here, so he comes in to add that competition, while Liam Kelly will go out on loan. I was asked at the weekend if these players would be in the squad, but they have to earn it. Any player coming in has to justify their selection, and that’s the way it should be.”
Warburton confirmed that Gostomski will only get a place in the first-team if he can prove himself to the manager and his staff, with the Gers boss set to keep faith in Foderingham.
The summer arrival has come under some criticism for some questionable performances at times this term, but Warburton is not ready drop the faith that has been shown in him since his arrival at Ibrox.
However, Warburton’s comments do prove that Gostomski will be handed a first-team role immediately - although only as a back-up.
The manager has confirmed that second choice stopper Liam Kelly is set to leave on loan, who would have been Gostomski’s rival for the back-up role if staying at Ibrox.
Kelly is just 19-years-old, and is highly rated, and he needs to be playing football on a consistent basis to ensure his development does not stall.
That would not occur if he was stuck on the substitutes bench at Ibrox, and with the arrival of Gostomski, Kelly can now leave the club this month for the second half of the season.