Rangers reject Nottingham Forest’s initial bid for Jack Butland

Rangers reject Nottingham Forest’s initial bid for Jack Butland
Rangers' English goalkeeper #01 Jack Butland celebrates at the end of the UEFA Europa League group C football match between Glasgow Rangers and Real Betis at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 21, 2023. Glasgow Rangers won 1 - 0 against Real Betis. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

There’s been so much to cover in Rangersville lately that we forgot to touch on the Jack Butland story.

Initially he was in the recent press admitting he’d love to play for England again, and then STV News and the BBC claimed on Tuesday evening that Rangers had formally rejected an offer from Nottingham Forest for the goalie. Heart and Hand appeared to confirm this.

There is no question Butland’s stock is now sky high, and he’s Rangers’ most coveted asset.

A genuine Rangers Class stopper among the very best like Goram and McGregor, Butland has been outstanding this season, easily Rangers’ most easily and quickly convincing signing pretty much since Greegsy himself back in 2018.

So it’s no shock PL sides would be sniffing around him.

But, assuming this story is true, it’s a big deal – it’s rebuke to a big Premier League team that Butland is not for sale.

It’s the classic ‘every player has his price’ but Butland, for now, doesn’t.

He is regarded as truly indispensible and a class above anything else in Scotland – getting him was a massive coup and he’s lived up to his billing with some big, big saves alright.

Maybe no ‘miracle’ save of the nature of Goram and McGregor, but he’s only a fraction of a step down and all-round has been close to infallible.

There is no way Rangers will accept a bid this late in the window, regardless of value – Butland isn’t irreplaceable – some might trust Robby McCrorie, but Butland is a gigantic player for Rangers and his stock has gone sky high at Ibrox.

This is a former £22M goalie don’t forget, and there’s little doubt his recent displays have been towards that territory.

From what we understand, the bid claimed was only around £5M-£6M, which is nowhere near enough for a stopper of his standing.

But he does want back to playing for England again, and believes he’s as good as anyone else competing for the shirt.

He clearly is, but also knows, despite his kind words about the SPL and other players being called up for England (we can only think of ex-Celtic’s Fraser Forrester when Woy was manager) deep down he knows it’ll be tough.

Unfortunately, a stopper of this calibre is hard to keep in the SPL, and if Rangers can at least hold onto him till the summer, we shouldn’t stand in his way of a big PL gig as long as the price is right.

Interesting times.

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