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Rangers new boy Matt Gilks determined to challenge for a first-team place

Giorgios Karagounis (Not Pictured) scores the first goal for Fulham past Blackpool's Matt Gilks

The veteran keeper arrives as cover for Wes Foderingham.

(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Allan McGregor and Iain Turner during training(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Allan McGregor and Iain Turner during training

Rangers new boy Matt Gilks has spoken of his desire to compete with Wes Foderingham for the number one jersey next season, in an interview with the club’s official site.

The former Burnley and Blackpool stopper arrived on a free transfer last month and is expected to act as cover for the impressive Foderingham, but he has set his sights slightly higher than that.

Giorgios Karagounis (Not Pictured) scores the first goal for Fulham past Blackpool's Matt GilksGiorgios Karagounis (Not Pictured) scores the first goal for Fulham past Matt Gilks

“I hope to still play, I still want to play football, I have just turned 34 and feel I am the fittest I have ever been after coming out of Burnley,” said Gilks.

“So if Wes is playing you can be sure that I am going to be pushing him all the way for a start and Wes knows he has to keep me out of the team.”

Rangers' Wes Foderingham (R) in action with Hibernian's Martin BoyleRangers' Wes Foderingham (R) in action with Hibernian's Martin Boyle

The 34-year old was brought in as experienced cover for Foderingham and it is unlikely that will change over the coming season, but providing real competition for the Gers number one can only help improve his game.

Rangers dominated most games as they cruised to the Championship title last term and Foderingham’s willingness to play from the back - and shot-stopping abilities when called upon - were a vital component of the Gers’ successful campaign.

Rangers' Wesley Foderingham in actionRangers' Wesley Foderingham in action

Gilks, on the other hand, has failed to nail down a first-team spot since his last year with Blackpool in the 2013-14 season and it will likely be more of the same at Ibrox, with cup competitions being his best chance of game time.

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