TOTY award gives glaring insight into Rangers’ new standards

TOTY award gives glaring insight into Rangers’ new standards
Crawley Town v Salford City EFL Sky Bet League 2 09/03/2021. Salford City goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky 1 warms up ahead of the EFL Sky Bet League 2 match between Crawley Town and Salford City at The People s Pension Stadium, Crawley, England on 9 March 2021. Crawley The People s Pension Stadium West Sussex England Editorial use only DataCo restrictions apply See PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK , Copyright: xStephenxFlynnx PSI-12109-0028

If nothing else gave a window into how much Rangers’ standards have gone up, it was the sight of former deputy stopper link Vaclav Hladky earning a place in the team of the year: in England’s League Two.

The Czech goalie, who claimed he was close to a Rangers move, ended up at mighty Salford City, and was named in the division’s best team.

Sure, being in the TOTY isn’t bad, but that he ended up at such a low level of football gives some idea of just much Rangers’ standard rose in the past year that a player of that calibre was rejected.

Rangers, instead, of course, went with Jon McLaughlin and his form this season was so impressive he went to the Euros. He came from League One Sunderland but already had caps for his country and Championship experience as well, not to mention SPL.

Sure, not quite Dino Zoff either but a distinct step up from Hladky and that gives some idea of how much it takes to be Rangers’ reserves now, never mind first team.

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