Rangers are today being rather intriguingly linked to Livingston ‘keeper Shamal George, just as Michael Beale’s men travel to Almondvale to face him, with the 25-year old having a modest market value of sub-£500,000.
Namedropped by manager Beale during his presser, the mention of Livi’s number one by Rangers’ boss led to easy clickbait links on the possibility of the former Liverpool kid joining Rangers this summer – he’s contracted for another three years.
We know nothing about him, other than to say today’s match will be something of an ‘audition’ for him if there’s anything real in the interest in him, and fingers crossed if it is legit he’s more Borna Barisic than Jake Hastie.
We’ll be watching with interest to see if George justifies the hype around him, and reports do suggest he’s not hit his potential just yet, and is capable of going much higher in the game than Livi, albeit he’s a big reason they’re a lofty fourth in the Scottish Premiership.
It is of course very easy transfer speculation – Rangers are desperately trying to shore up goalkeeping, and George is earning rave reviews and faces Beale’s side today, so it’s a very convenient story to conjure up.
But it must also be remembered Rangers have two long-term contracts for goalies, with just Allan McGregor being out of a deal this May. So we certainly made a few boobs there with regards to Jon McLaughlin getting an extension at the least.
But yes, if George impresses today Rangers fans may well encourage the pursuit of him if indeed there is one.
It has been suggested by Livi boss David Martindale he is a goner at the end of the season – we’ll see how much Rangers fans want him to be a goner to Ibrox today.