Rangers are on the brink of signing England goalkeeper Jack Butland, according to reports in The Scottish Sun.
The 28-year-old shot-stopper will become a free agent this summer when his contract at Crystal Palace expires.
The move to bring Butland to Ibrox appears straightforward as he would arrive at no cost.
However, if a deal for Butland falls through, Rangers have an attractive alternative in the form of Timo Horn.
The 29-year-old German has spent his entire career at FC Köln but the Bundesliga club announced today that Horn will leave when his contract ends in July after 21 years of service.
Horn has amassed 329 first-team appearances for FC Köln, keeping 91 clean sheets. In total, he has made 409 appearances at various age levels, with 115 shutouts.
Timo Horn emerges as alternative option for Rangers’ goalkeeper conundrum
While Butland may be a more logical choice given his experience in British football, Horn is a well-respected goalkeeper who also has Europa League experience under his belt.
If Rangers’ pursuit of Butland breaks down, they would be wise to approach Horn, especially since they can offer him Champions League football for the first time in his career.
Another option, Angus Gunn, would likely command a £10 million transfer fee from Norwich City, making Butland and Horn much more attractive propositions as free agents.
All eyes will be on Rangers manager Michael Beale this summer as he looks to replace club legend Allan McGregor between the sticks at Ibrox.
The incoming goalkeeper, whether Butland, Horn or another, will have big shoes to fill as McGregor’s replacement.
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