Matt Gilks looking to stake claim to be Rangers' number one with good performance against Peterhead

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers take on the League One side in the last 16 of the League Cup at Ibrox.

(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Russell Martin and Ross McCormack arrive for trainingMatt Gilks, left, on international duty

Matt Gilks has told the Evening Times that he is hoping to use his appearance in Tuesday's Scottish League Cup clash with Peterhead to stake a claim to be Rangers' number one, and insisted that he is not just being given the opportunity to play as part of a squad rotation plan.

The Gers take on the League One side hoping to book their place in the last eight of a competition that has seen the 34-year-old make both of his appearances for the club following his summer move.

Rangers' Wes Foderingham (R) in action with Hibernian's Martin BoyleWes Foderingham has been Warburton's first-choice since he arrived at Ibrox

And with the Evening Times reporting that he will be between the sticks again this week, Gilks has claimed that he is looking to send a message to Mark Warburton, and explained that he is more than deserving of his chance.

"Yeah, getting a run out will be good for me," he told the Evening Times.

"The manager said there would be a few changes, so myself and a few boys will get the chance to show what they can do.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

"But it's also to do with what we do day to day. I've got to come in every day smiling, working hard and showing I can be the No.1 at Rangers."

While the former Burnley man is yet to pick the ball out of the back of his net since joining the Light Blues, the two games he has played in saw Warburton's men dominate, and saw the veteran stopper enjoy incredibly quiet run-outs. 

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Although he is unlikely to complain about the narrative of those games, it does make it more difficult for Gilks to prove that he deserves to be in the side ahead of Wes Foderingham.

And while he will definitely be hoping that Rangers book their place in the next stage of the competition, he may perhaps, slightly selfishly, also wish that he is given some opportunities during the game to prove to his manager that he has the ability to be the club's first-choice. 

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