While it is only correlation, and could be based only on significant coincidence, it is very telling that former number one Wes Foderingham lost his place following the Old Firm disaster at Hampden which ultimately led to the exit of Graeme Murty as manager on 1st of May.
Foderingham didn’t play a single minute following that 4-0 horror show on 15th of April, and there is a reasonable case to point out how heavily linked to the manager’s job Steven Gerrard was by this point, leading to the possible conclusion that Steven Gerrard had already made his decision over Foderingham’s merits as Rangers keeper.
And had decided he didn’t have any.
It is notable that Jak Alnwick started every match from the Hearts win on 22nd April onwards, with, at the time, Foderingham’s absence from the squad attributed to an injury.
Well he has been in training like the rest of them, but has been excluded from all match day squads since that Hampden atrocity, and while we are absolutely not blaming him for that disastrous result, it is pretty evident that those who think Foderingham has been ‘our most consistent performer for the past two seasons’ (and believe us, some in our support think this) have lower standards for Rangers goalkeepers than the majority of us are used to.
Gerrard appears to have taken one, maybe two looks at the ex-Swindon stopper and dismissed him immediately. And Wes’ cryptic tweet recently confirmed something is definitely up – the last time he addressed departure rumours he was categorical with a rejection of their validity. This time, such denial is conspicuous by its absence.
And we are thankful for this – we now have a real goalie between our sticks, a truly top class glove man and we’re delighted.
We should emphasise, this isn’t a smear on Wes – he seems a decent sort, and he has tried his best – he certainly isn’t the worst performer since promotion, and in fact at times has flirted with looking quite decent – but his displays last campaign were mostly mediocre with a lot of gaffes and extremely uncertain performances and long term that isn’t good enough for Rangers.
We wish him the absolute best, he didn’t exactly stain the club in indignity while he had the sticks, and that goes a long way for us.
But an Allan McGregor, Stefan Klos, and even Lionel Charbonnier he isn’t, and it’s time for us to part ways.