Wes Foderingham cannot be forced to shoulder all the blame as Rangers collapsed at Tynecastle on Wednesday night.
Yet as Hearts thumped four past Mark Warburton’s side, breathing fresh life into the race for second place, one man could find that his first-team prospects have been enhanced: new signing Jak Alnwick.
The former Newcastle United youngster arrived from Port Vale for a potential bargain £250,000 fee on Monday, according to the Daily Mail, although with Foderingham established as Warburton’s first choice, a place on the bench appeared to beckon.
Yet, while the Rangers defence collapsed around him, the former Swindon Town keeper did not exactly cover himself in glory as Hearts rubbed salt into the gaping wounds. A fumbled punch gifted Jamie Walker the hosts fourth although the indecision of those in front of him hardly helped.
Warburton was understandably furious at full-time and, with Rangers back in action against Ross County at the weekend, it would be no surprise if he was to make wholesale changes to his starting XI.
And that could hand a rather premature debut to Alnwick who, in League One this season, has produced a number of superb individual displays. Meanwhile, his excellent distribution from the back makes him an ideal fit for Warburton’s tactical approach.
Although, if he is left similarly exposed by Rangers’ slapdash defence, he would do well to outperform Foderingham.
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