Rangers signing this 27-year-old League One ace would add depth to a key area next season


Why Rangers should reignite their interest in Craig MacGillivray

Back in December, Rangers were eyeing a move for Portsmouth goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray, according to the Sun but a move didn’t materialize.

MacGillivray, 27, came through the youth ranks of Harrogate Railway Athletic and featured for clubs like Walsall and Shrewsbury Town. In the summer of 2018, he was signed by League One side Portsmouth and immediately became their first-choice goalkeeper.

In 46 games last season, he managed to keep 11 clean sheets but could not help his side to promotion. He was at his best last season and has continued the fine form this campaign, keeping 6 clean sheets. He has been one of the best players for his club and has revived his career at Fratton Park.

Craig MacGillivray (Getty Images)
Craig MacGillivray (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Rangers made a good start to the season but have faltered in their title chase after losing two of their five league games. They are currently 13 points behind their rivals Celtic, who are on course to win their 6th title in as many years.

Steven Gerrard’s men have been inconsistent in the last few weeks despite cruising past Braga in the Europa League. The manager would be hoping that they make a turnaround in their second leg against Bayer Leverkusen after falling 1- 3 behind in the first leg. And they should bring in reinforcement for the new season.

In the goalkeeping department, the Gers have only one established keeper in Allan McGregor, who has been in sensational form. Whereas, Wes Foderingham has featured in only 2 games so far. And Andy Firth has been given game time.

While McGregor is already 38, Foderingham’s contract with the club comes to an end in the summer. Therefore, they need to bring in reinforcements and MacGillivray would be a viable option.

rangers boss Steven Gerrard (Getty Images)
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard (Getty Images)

The 27-year-old has been excellent in the past two years after seeing limited game time at Shrewsbury. Though he has lost his place in recent weeks, he is capable of performing at the highest level if he is given enough opportunities.

The Scotsman can be a good backup for the Gers and once McGregor’s time is done, MacGillivray can be made the first choice. Though he doesn’t have enough experience like other shot-stoppers, his recent form is a good reason for the Glasgow giants to consider a move.

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Craig MacGillivray (Image credit: Google)
Craig MacGillivray (Image credit: Google)


With McGregor entering the final year of his contract, Rangers should look to add depth to their squad and improve the quality. Therefore, they must revive their interest in the 27-year-old Portsmouth goalkeeper and sign him in the summer.