JAK ALNWICK got his Rangers career off to a solid start as he picked up a clean sheet in the Under 20 team’s win over Kilmarnock.
The 23-year-old keeper pulled on a Gers jersey for the first time as the Light Blues youngsters recorded a win in the Development League thanks to a 90th minute header from David Bates.
For Alnwick getting 90 minutes under his belt was important having not played a game since Port Vale took on Scunthorpe a month ago.
Speaking to RangersTV Alnwick said:
“It was nice to get a clean sheet, it was nice to get out there and play 90 minutes because I think it has been about a month since I did.
“You kind of get a bit rusty but it is nice to start with a clean sheet and we will see where it goes from here.
“As goalkeepers with crosses and stuff like that you have to get used to them again and it is all good doing it in training but match situations are different.
“It is nice to keep ticking along and get some minutes under my belt; I am always one that I like to play every single week so it was good to get a game.
“It is up to the manager whether I play these games, some manager’s don’t like you doing it in case there are injuries or anything like that but I think every so often it can’t harm you.
“I am not saying I want to play every single week but any game of football for me is good so if the manager wants me to play or doesn’t want me to play then I will listen to him and take it from there.
“I spoke to Jim Stewart yesterday and he asked if I wanted to play today and obviously I will never turn down playing football.
“He says he is going to monitor it and he says he is going to decide when I play and when I don’t, I am happy with that and we’ll see what happens going forward from here.
“I don’t worry about losing my match sharpness because I train hard every single day and I keep working on things so in terms of where I am now I feel happy enough and I feel ready to go in.
“I think that 90 minutes just keeps me ticking over and as you have seen a few of the lads have dropped down to the 20s to play and it is not because they shouldn’t be in the first-team but just to keep them going.”
Bates came off the bench to steal the win for the Under 20s in a game of few chances. The defender rose highest to nod home after a corner from the right in the final minute of the game.
The side, which was being taken by David McCallum in the absence of Graeme Murty, piled some late pressure on Killie.
Jak Alnwick was joined by fellow first-teamer Josh Windass for the first 45 minutes of the game as the midfielder picked up some vital minutes.
Alnwick continued: “I thought the lads were good; it is interesting watching with me playing in League One and then coming up here and playing with these young lads.
“I thought they battled well and for a young side their communication was good, they could have been a bit more clinical but I think we were the better side if not a little sloppy at times.
“It was good to talk to the back four and I thought they were excellent.”