Rangers will be ‘looking to sign two players’ in key position at Ibrox

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst could look to boost his goalkeeping department by luring two shot-stoppers to Ibrox, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Having been appointed as the Gers’ chief last November, van Bronckhorst is looking to put his own stamp on the squad he inherited ahead of a first full season at the helm.

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Which goalkeepers have been linked with a move to Rangers?

According to The Sun, Rangers and Premier League new-boys Bournemouth are battling it out to sign Jack Butland from Crystal Palace.

The report suggests the nine-cap England international has been added to van Bronckhorst’s shortlist of targets as he aims to guide the Glasgow giants back into the Champions League.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Rangers have previously expressed an interest in signing Sam Johnstone, who has attracted admirers from a number of clubs.

Johnstone is set to become a free agent in a matter of days as his £18,000-per-week West Bromwich Albion contract will expire on June 30, but Crystal Palace appear to have won the race for his signature.

Van Bronckhorst has set his sights on bringing in a new man between the sticks as there is uncertainty over Allan McGregor’s future and fellow goalkeeper Andy Firth will officially leave Ibrox at the end of the month.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about the situation?

O’Rourke believes van Bronckhorst is keen to bring in a new first choice goalkeeper and has not ruled out the possibility of welcoming two custodians to Glasgow.

The journalist feels the Dutchman will be assessing his options ahead of heading to the negotiating table.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “They let another goalkeeper leave after releasing Andy Firth at the end of the season.

“I think Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be looking to bring in, if not one, maybe two new goalkeepers this summer. They’ll be looking at all goalkeeping options to try and improve the squad.”

Would Butland and Johnstone be likely to join?

According to FBref, Johnstone conceded less goals per 90 minutes and boasted a better save percentage than Butland last season.

That would suggest that the West Brom ace would be a solid option, but that ship appears to have sailed due to reports of Johnstone agreeing a four-year contract with Crystal Palace.

Johnstone heading to Selhurst Park could actually help Rangers to conclude a deal for Butland, who will see his current £35,000-per-week agreement expire next summer.

As a result, it seems Butland is a more attainable target as van Bronckhorst looks to lead the Gers to a 56th Scottish top flight title in the upcoming season.

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