Rangers' Jak Alnwick has been brilliant but could he be dropped by Blackpool?

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC acknowledges the fans during the UEFA Europa League group G match between FC Porto and Rangers FC at Estadio do Dragao on October 24, 2019 in Porto,...

Jak Alnwick has played more games for Blackpool in three months than he did during almost three years in the Scottish Premiership with Rangers.

Blackpool's Jak Alnwick during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers at Bloomfield Road on July 27, 2019 in Blackpool, England.

Rangers loanee Jak Alnwick has admitted to the Gazette that he is relishing his fresh start on loan at Blackpool, having played every minute of league football so far this season for Simon Grayson’s side.

The former Newcastle United youngster made just six Scottish Premiership appearances in two-and-a-half years for the Gers having joined from Port Vale for £250,000 in January 2017, and he understandably didn’t fancy another year stuck on the sidelines.

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And Alnwick’s decision to leave, at least on a short-term basis, has worked out pretty well so far with the shot-stopper starting every one of Blackpool’s 15 League One games this season. So far, he has conceded just 16 goals with five clean sheets to his name, although the Tangerines have won just one of their last six matches.

 

Alnwick cannot afford to get complacent however with the veteran Mark Howard, Blackpool’s number one last season, returning from injury and he will be desperate to fight off competition to retain his place between the sticks.

“Mark is obviously a brilliant keeper but I’ve played every league game and it’s down to me to keep the shirt. It’s been really good because I’ve played every minute in the league, which was my aim,” he said.

Blackpool's Jak Alnwick during the pre-match warm-up prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Blackpool at St Andrews on September 7, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

“I want to keep the number one jersey for as long as possible and help this team as much as I can.

“There have been games where I’ve had virtually nothing to do, which are the best games, but in some I’ve been really busy.”

There is still plenty of life yet in old dog Allan McGregor but with Wes Foderingham expected to bid farewell to Ibrox in 2020, it is too soon to suggest that Alnwick will never play for Rangers again.

Jak Alnwick of Rangers saves from Conor Sammon of Partick Thistle during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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