What do Rangers' links with Luke Daniels mean for Mark Warburton's goalkeepers?

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

The talented shot-stopper is reportedly causing a stir at Ibrox.

There are a number of key positions Mark Warburton needs to strengthen at Rangers in January. A new centre-forward, perhaps, with Joe Garner’s dislocated shoulder possibly keeping him out for three months. A creative midfielder certainly, with Niko Kranjcar still absent and reported deals for Jota and Sergi Canos both hitting the buffers.

However, the addition of a goalkeeper from the English League One hardly appears likely to help Rangers bridge the widening gap between themselves and Old Firm rivals Celtic, whizzing off into the distance in pursuit of yet another title.

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According to HITC sources, Scunthorpe United goalkeeper Luke Daniels, whose ten clean sheets in the third tier has provided the platform for The Irons promotion push, is being monitored by the powers that be at Ibrox with only six months left on his current deal.

Luke Daniels of Scunthorpe United celebrates after the game

Nonetheless, the goalkeeping position is one area of The Gers squad that is not crying out winter investment, with talented former Swindon Town stopper Wes Foderingham impressing under Warburton and 34-year-old Matt Gilks offering reliable back-up.

And although Gilks, who played in the Premier League during Blackpool’s topsy-turvy campaign, is not getting any younger, the fact that he signed a two-year deal this summer suggests that his playing career is not yet coming to a close.

Rangers' Matt Gilks

Nonetheless, the experienced shot-stopper could well be shunted down to third choice if Rangers follow through on their reported interest in former Manchester United trainee Daniels either in January or in the summer, when he will be available on a free.

The 28-year-old has been in excellent form all season but his potential arrival is unlikely to get any blue blood pumping.

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