At 35, Matt Gilks does not have too many years left in the professional game. But the veteran goalkeeper is rolling back the years in League One with Scunthorpe United, proving once and for all that age is nothing but a number.
Gilks moved to Glanford Park on a free transfer in June after a six-month spell at Wigan Athletic and, as it stands, looks like one of the signings of the season so far in the third tier.
The Scotland keeper’s fine displays have helped Scunthorpe rise to third in the table but, while Friday’s 2-0 win at home to Charlton Athletic will be remembered more for two stunning goals by Josh Morris, Gilks’ performance at the other end proved just as instrumental.
Still as agile as ever and a real vocal presence inside the box, the former Blackpool goalkeeper remains one of the best at this level. And with 20 League One starts under his belt in 2017/18, there’s no doubting that he is still worthy of regular first-team football.
All of which makes his ill-fated spell at Rangers look all the more frustrating. Few could blame Gilks jumping at the chance to make the biggest move of his career when leaving Burnley in 2016 but his 18 months at Ibrox clearly did not go to plan.
Stuck behind the talented Wes Foderingham, he did not make a single league appearance with all five of his outings coming in the Scottish League Cup. Though, to his credit, he did keep four clean sheets.
But, looking back, Gilks will most likely see those 18 inactive months at Rangers as something of a waste of time with his playing career winding down. Though at least he can take solace in knowing he’s back to his best after escaping his Ibrox nightmare.