Rangers eyeing Martin Fraisl

A big update has emerged on Rangers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s plans to replace Ibrox veteran Allan McGregor this summer…

What’s the talk?

According to the print edition of the Daily Record on 5 April [page 48], via Ibrox News, the Gers have made Schalke shot-stopper Martin Fraisl their number one transfer target heading into the window, with the Scottish giants setting their sights on their first signing.

The report claims that there are doubts over McGregor’s future at the club and the 2. Bundesliga gem is set to be available on a free transfer as his contract with the German outfit expires at the end of the season.

Should Rangers let McGregor leave for free?




GVB needs him

Gio van Bronckhorst needs the Austrian goalkeeper badly heading into next season because McGregor has made himself a liability in the Premiership this term.

The 40-year-old has cost the club too many times in the Scottish top-flight and it is time for a changing of the guard between the sticks in Glasgow.

SofaScore have him down as making three errors directly leading to goals and one error directly leading to a shot in the Premiership. Whilst these are worrying statistics as it is, they do not take into consideration goals that you would expect a Rangers goalkeeper to stop.

For example, his weak parry straight into the path of Tom Rogic against Celtic last weekend did not go down as a direct error, but it was a mistake from the shot-stopper that got the Hoops level in the match. His failure to stop an effort going through him at the near post against Motherwell in a 2-2 draw also escaped that tag, with these incidents illustrating how costly his blunders have been.

This is why van Bronckhorsst needs a new goalkeeper badly and Fraisl can be the man to take McGregor’s place in goal at Ibrox. Schalke Sporting director Rouven Schroder dubbed his form “excellent” and his statistics in the 2. Bundesliga back that up, with an average SofaScore rating of 6.83.

The 28-year-old has also made zero errors directly leading to goals in the league this season. Whilst it is hard to say whether or not he has made the type of mistakes the Scot has made that do not go down as direct errors, it does show that he drops fewer clangers than the veteran.

The £5.9k-per-week gem is also quoted in the report as saying: “I have made it my aim to play the last 10 years at least of my pro career at the same club.

“I want to play until I’m 42. My body resembles that of an 18-year-old.”

This suggests that he is willing to be loyal to the Gers and will be in it for the long haul if they decide to snap him up this summer. It is an attitude that the fans will surely love as it suggests that he has the potential to enjoy a fantastic spell with the club if he is able to deliver on the pitch.

AND in other news, Smith endured big Rangers howler over “world-class” £7.5m gem who was “admired by all”…

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