Crystal Palace’s Jack Butland ‘changes his mind’ about Rangers deal

Crystal Palace’s Jack Butland ‘changes his mind’ about Rangers deal
SEVILLE, SPAIN - APRIL 20: Goalkeeper Jack Butland of Manchester United gestures as he warms up before the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg match between Sevilla FC and Manchester United at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on April 20, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

As is always the way, ‘circumstances changed’ and now Jack Butland, as Ibrox Noise ‘joked’ before, has in fact changed his mind, reduced his wage demands and is set to join Rangers after all.

The former England stopper, 30, will be a free agent in just 10 days and Rangers are determined to make him an Ibrox man, with around £25,000 on offer. Going down from his £40,000 at Crystal Palace was making him extremely hesitant, and that’s understandable, but Butland is keen to play football again having been a complete outcast at Man Utd.

So having initially rejected the offer, the ex-Stoke man appears to have changed his mind, and while the deal is not yet complete, it’s far more likely to happen now that he has reduces his demands.

In reality, it’s hard for someone on a wage in any walk of life to then accept a massive cut in that income, and Butland is no different – but he wants to play football again and Rangers is a huge opportunity to do that and do it in Europe as well.

Now, as for Robby McCrorie – that’s who Butland now has to displace – the Scotland man is in great form for Rangers, and has rightly earned his place as the number one for the rest of the season, but all bets are off next campaign and Michael Beale will install whoever impresses most in preseason.

At Ibrox Noise, we rate McCrorie hugely, and if Butland’s arrival pushes his game even higher, all the better.

To have a Scotland and England international between the sticks at Ibrox is definitely no bad thing.

As for Butland, we do not expect him to be given playing guarantees, but he isn’t coming to Ibrox to play second fiddle to McCrorie.

It’s what Rangers deserve – to have two top goalies vying for the jersey – in recent years, that’s just not been the case. The old days of our legendary goalies are now sadly gone, and while McGregor is obviously a true great, he’s been past it since 55, saving the very best for our European runs.

But now, this season? All done – so we need more.

Butland will be it, and McCrorie could be it too. A better state of affairs between the sticks than Jon McLaughlin.

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  1. If a fair deal can be done for Butland then it would be good business. The man is top drawer. McCrorie will benefit big time from working with him too which will enhance his stock . If its fair and financially acceptable then let’s hope it happens .

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