Rangers look to be out of the Sam Johnstone hunt before it even began after the established West Brom keeper, confirmed to be leaving the Hawthorns at the end of the season, attracted the interest of PL giants Man Utd and Spurs, among many others.
The 29-year old stopper, one of the many lucrative Bosmans this summer available in the transfer market, has a record not unlike our scouting target Mat Ryan, with 116 shut outs in 362 appearances, and his market value, currently in the same price zone as the Australian, wouldn’t be an issue with his being a free agent come June.
Johnstone had been linked with Rangers previously, with uncertainty dominating over the future of Ibrox’s goalkeeping position, but now that Spurs and Utd have taken interest in the current Championship goalie it would be very hard for Rangers to compete with that.
Of course, the promise in Govan is a much higher chance of first-team football, given Johnstone wouldn’t be up against De Gea or Lloris, but the wages in the PL are a different planet to what the highest in the SPL are on.
Johnstone, then, probably won’t be coming north to Rangers, but there really are plenty more fish in the sea.
As Ibrox Noise has already demonstrated.