Jack Butland will not be leaving Rangers for Birmingham City despite new boss Wayne Rooney’s determination to get him, after the ex-England goalie shone at Ibrox and became the Scottish Premiership’s top stopper, by some distance.
Following his countryman Joe Hart’s diabolical season thus far, Butland’s imperious one by comparison has drawn admirers from down south, especially his former England teammate Rooney who now has the helm of St Andrew’s to steer and knows just what Butland can do.
But Butland was reportedly a target for the West Midlands side in the summer, but Rangers was just too big for the former Man Utd goalie to turn down, and the move has absolutely worked out for him, even if Rangers’ form has been poor this season.
As new manager Philippe Clement settles into life in Govan, the goalkeeping position is definitely one he doesn’t have to look at too closely, especially as Rangers’ boast an outstanding player between the sticks.
Butland will be inspired by the new manager and have newfound hope that his team can thrive under the infinitely superior man in the Ibrox hotseat now as opposed to the clown we previously endured.
Furthermore, if Rooney is absolutely serious about securing Butland, not only would he have to invest around up to £15M for him (His peak Premier League value at highest stock was £22M) given his outstanding form for one of Britain’s biggest clubs, but he’d also have to persuade Butland that the Championship in England is a better bet than Rangers.
And we’d have to say that’s a losing battle, because there’s zero guarantee Brum will be promoted under Rooney and Rangers will always be a more appealing prospect than England’s second division.
So, Rangers are safe with Butland whose stock is the highest it’s been in years, and Rooney will just have to look elsewhere.