We’ve touched on the Jack Butland story, but yes, there are a lot of murmurs around the former England goalkeeper after his predictably outstanding start to the season at Ibrox.
This was one signing we knew 100% would be a success – his CV spoke for itself, and he’s replicated that with ease at Rangers – he’s taken the pressure in his stride, and the jersey most certainly isn’t too heavy for him.
As Ibrox Noise told you at the start of the season, Butland’s CV is actually better than Allan McGregor’s was – nearly 100 Premier League appearances with Rangers’ legendary goalie not even at 50.
Butland is a top stopper.
So, what is the story? Rangers have zero interest in selling him, and any club in England would have to dig deep to persuade the club to do so in January. Some have put a £5M price tag on his head, clearly to sell a goalie of his quality, Rangers would be expecting at absolute least of double that, probably triple it if a Premier League club made the move.
Doing it for Rangers (or Celtic) does gain attention down south – indeed, more than ever, Scotland-based players are going south for big money – even Aberdeen have managed to sell to the Premier League for big numbers.
So doing it for the most pressured club in Scotland and one of the most in England in Rangers, Butland’s stock has risen.
Clickbait sites are claiming Rangers want £5M or more, but this is just a made-up number – the club sees Butland as non-sellable so any suitor is looking at paying well over £10M despite his age.
Butland has quickly become an integral part of Rangers, and finally the club has a quality goalie to replace Allan McGregor.
He isn’t going anywhere any time soon.