Who is Jonathan Klinsmann? Five facts about the goalkeeper linked with free transfer Rangers move

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, could sign the goalkeeper to replace Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick.

Berlin, GERMANY - APRIL 30:Jonathan Klinsmann of Hertha BSC during the training session on April 30, 2019 at the Schenkendorfplatz in Berlin, Germany.

Rangers have yet another transfer target in the shape of Jonathan Klinsmann, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, has already made three permanent signings ahead of the 2019-20 season, and it's claimed he could move for Klinsmann as well.


But what should those of a Gers persuasion know about the 22-year-old goalkeeper? HITC Sport has the lowdown...

Let's start with the obvious...

If you didn't know already, Klinsmann isn't the only footballer in the family. His father, Jurgen, had an illustrious playing career in which he represented clubs such as Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich, before moving into management. The younger Klinsmann was actually enrolled in Bayern's youth system during his dad's spell as boss, but now plays for Hertha Berlin after moving to America in between.

Head coach Jrgen Klinsmann of the United States looks on against Mexico in the first half during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Jurgen made the following plea earlier this year, as quoted by the Scottish Sun...

"Jonathan has the class to be a No 1 in the Bundesliga or second division next season.

“But the club also has to have the courage to give a young goalkeeper this chance, just as Everton did with their England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford."

It hasn't worked, however, with Klinsmann Jnr yet to follow up on his maiden senior appearance, which arrived against Ostersund FK in last season's Europa League.

"Naive and too American"...

...Is how Klinsmann's goalkeeping coach, Zsolt Petry, described him in March 2018, as quoted by Goal. That, along with the presence of Thomas Kraft and Rune Jarstein at Hertha, may explain the youngster's lack of exposure. That said, he has still managed call-ups for America's national team after being capped at various youth levels.

What's the story with Rangers?

According to the Scottish Sun, Rangers recently had Klinsmann watched while playing for Hertha's second string. The newspaper claims he would replace Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick at Ibrox and wouldn't cost Gerrard's men a penny, as his contract expires this summer.

9th December 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Rangers; Wes Foderingham of Rangers inspects the pitch before the match

Is anyone else keen?

The Swiss outlet, Tagblatt, recently reported interest from St Gallen, who are said to want Klinsmann to compete with their goalkeeper, Dejan Stojanovic, next season. According to the Daily Mail, Everton offered him a trial two years ago.

Would Klinsmann be a good addition for Rangers?

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