Rangers stopper Wes Foderingham happy with first-team battle

Rangers' Wesley Foderingham in action

The number one is now under pressure from Matt Gilks.

Rangers' Wesley Foderingham in actionRangers' Wesley Foderingham in action

Rangers have been busy this summer – bringing in plenty of players to help them in their quest to challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.

Big name arrivals such as Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar captured the imagination of fans, but others were lower key.

(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Russell Martin and Ross McCormack arrive for training(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Russell Martin and Ross McCormack arrive for training

Matt Gilks for example arrived on a free transfer from Burnley.

The Scotland international has arrived to put pressure on current number one Wes Foderingham.

The former Swindon Town goalkeeper is however adamant that he will remain Ibrox’s number one choice goalkeeper.

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

Speaking to The Herald the current Rangers incumbent stated:

"On a personal level, it’s a step up for myself – I’m ready for the challenge and thoroughly looking forward to it.

"Matt’s been good to have in. he’s a lively character as I’m sure you’ve heard. He’s brilliant around the building and he trains really hard. That’s important as well because you need a group that all train really hard to help the development side.

"He’s coming in and expecting to play as well. I’m expecting to play and we’re both going to work as hard as we can. We’ve done everything asked of us in pre-season. It’s going to be a good challenge and, like I say, I’m looking forward to it."

Of course Rangers manager Mark Warburton will want that to be the attitude of his custodians at Ibrox.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophyRangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

The pair should be challenging each other to keep sticks and the added pressure to succeed should hopefully improve the performances of whoever it is Warburton decides deserves to be the regular number one stopper for Rangers.

Last season the Glasgow club lacked strength in depth, but this summer that issue has been addressed.

The goalkeeping department at Ibrox now looks strong and hopefully that proves the case for the entire Rangers squad.

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