Gio confirms goal status as McGregor issue is addressed

Gio confirms goal status as McGregor issue is addressed
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Jon McLaughlin of Rangers is replaced by Allan McGregor of Rangers as Robbie Neilson, Manager of Heart of Midlothian looks on during the Scottish Cup Final match between Rangers and Heart of Midlothian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

GVB has rather sidestepped the goalkeeper issue by denying any player is first choice this coming season, expanding that to suggest no player in his squad is guaranteed playing time.

The manager was addressing the issue for the first time by rejecting any notion that McGregor has been given reassurances about his status in the squad, and saying only that both stoppers are great options and will push each other next season for top spot.

The reality is two players are guaranteed starts – Tav and Goldson, maybe not contractually, but they will always be the first names on the team sheets. Been the case since Goldson originally signed.

But the manager wants to distance himself from publicly revealing a preference in between the sticks, probably because he genuinely doesn’t have one.

The likelihood is both goalies will be used as and when needed, with Robby McCrorie as backup. Or will all three get used?

“No, I’d never do that. I cannot guarantee starting positions to any players. Of course, you have experienced players and young players. I think it is a process that is natural in any team sport and eventually we are one team. We need the whole squad. Allan is at an age where he has the most experience in this team. He has been an important player and still is an important player to the squad. But I am also very happy about Jon. He is doing well, too. He did really well in the cup competitions, and they are pushing each other as well to be the first goalkeeper this year.”

Gio being cryptic as always, but giving us enough to know there’s no one blatant favourite.

But as with it all, time…

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