Does report hint at Rangers' plans for Andy Firth?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard arrives ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Andy Firth has played just one Scottish Premiership game since signing for Steven Gerrard's Rangers from Barrow.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Andy Firth of Liverpool in action during the warm-up before the Manchester City v Liverpool Premier League 2 game at The Academy Stadium on October 28,...

Andy Firth is already a third of the way through his 18-month contract at Rangers but, so far, the forgotten man has played just once for Steven Gerrard’s side.

Eyebrows were certainly raised when Gerrard brought the former Liverpool youngster to Ibrox in January, particularly given that Firth was playing non-league football for Barrow before joining one of the biggest and most historic clubs in British football.

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But the Ripon-born 22-year-old could have been forgiven for wondering if he’d been handed a dose of harsh reality after making a dream move to the Glasgow giants with first-team football looking well out of his reach.

 

But Firth should sit tight, work hard and stake his claim behind the scenes during pre-season. Because his chance might not be too far away.

According to the Daily Record, Rangers have put both Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick up for sale while another shot-stopper, Robby McCrorie, is heading down the divisions to sign for Queen of the South on loan.

Wes Foderingham of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

This would leave veteran Allan McGregor as the only senior goalkeeping option available to Gerrard. Apart from Firth, that is.

Maybe this was the reason why Rangers signed him in the first place. Perhaps Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen had planned to sell Foderingham and Alnwick all along. Firth might have always been lined up as the club’s long-term number two.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Andy Firth of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League Under 18 fixture between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Liverpool FC...

 

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