Bears of a certain vintage were spoiled up till Allan McGregor when it came to the number one.
Only Lionel Letizi spoiled the copybook otherwise, for ever since the days of Chris Woods Rangers have been absolutely blessed with truly remarkable goalkeepers. From the incredible Andy Goram to the handy Lionel Charbonnier before Stefan Klos took over and then vied with the very different but extremely capable Ronald Watterreus.
When PLG brought Letizi in, he was the first dud since 1986 – he lasted four months before Allan McGregor made that slot his own till it all went horribly wrong and we ended up with Neil Alexander, Cammy Bell and a whole litany of horrifically average or worse keepers for six+ years.
The question now clearly is thus:
Does Wes Foderingham retain his place, or has Steven Gerrard signed his number one in McGregor?
On the face of it, it’s a non question. Fans who defended Foderingham religiously when we argued for Jak Alnwick went very quiet following the ex-Port Vale’s displays towards the end of the season, ending the debate pretty quickly about who was the better stopper of both.
But Rangers have signed a real top goalkeeper now. Does Wes have any kind of case to retain his jersey? Is he now number two? Is he surplus and Alnwick is the deputy?
For us at Ibrox Noise it’s a non question. Allan McGregor is the best goalkeeper in the country, and the best Scottish goalkeeper. There’s not even a debate about this. Even Celtic fans in their most delusional states would attest that McGregor is better than anything they have to offer.
And yet why do we feel like there’s still some Staunch Loyal who would advocate a case for Foderingham?
Despite how underwhelming he has been during his entire time in Govan, some fans, who would probably want Jason Holt over Greg Docherty too, would still prefer him in.
So we’ll ask you chaps. It feels like a stupid question, but we’ll open it up:
Who do you want in goal – McGregor, Wes or Jak?