Daniel Bachmann's decision to reject Rangers comes back to haunt him

Rangers fans look on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Daniel Bachmann had the chance to join Scottish Premiership challengers Rangers but instead he's stuck at Premier League strugglers Watford.

Daniel Bachmann of Watford during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Sheffield United at Vicarage Road on October 5, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom.

Daniel Bachmann made his bed. Now he has to lie in it.

After an impressive season on loan at Kilmarnock, keeping 11 clean sheets and conceding just 16 goals, the Watford-owned goalkeeper was handed the chance to sign for Rangers and potentially become Allan McGregor’s heir at Ibrox.


Speaking to the Scottish Sun towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign, Bachmann admitted that he had held talks with Rangers over a potential move to Glasgow.


With McGregor not getting any younger and with Wes Foderingham out of contract in 2020, it’s tempting to think that a move to Ibrox would have come at the perfect time for a 25-year-old who certainly proved himself between the sticks at Rugby Park.

But, just weeks later, Bachmann left Rangers disappointed. The former Austria U21 international was fully focused on finally establishing himself as Watford’s number one and had no intention of returning north of the border.

“I’m keen to push on. I’m coming back on July 1 with the others and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” the former Stoke youngster added to the Standard.

17th February 2019, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Celtic; Daniel Bachmann of Kilmarnock gives instructions to his defense for a free...

“Obviously I know Ben [Foster] has had an incredible season. It will be tough to get past him but football is all about competition and waiting for your chance. I think the competition will do us both good and I’m ready to play.”

He might be ready to play but it seems that Watford’s coaches, whether it be Javi Gracia or Quique Sanchez Flores, do not share his enthusiasm.

Bachmann has not been included in a matchday squad for any of The Hornets’ eight Premier League games so far this season and he was even left on the bench for both EFL Cup fixtures too. As well as Foster, 38-year-old Heurelho Gomes is still ahead of him in the pecking order.

With the benefit of hindsight, would Bachmann have made a different decision this summer?

Daniel Bachmann of Kilmarnock FC collects the ball during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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