HE TOUCHED the ball a total of 11 times during Rangers 2-0 win over Annan Athletic but it was all about the moment for Matt Gilks who put his Ibrox debut down as one of the biggest moments of his career.
The keeper was barely required as Gers brushed the lower league outfit aside and admits he finds games like that tougher mentally.
Gilks’ start in the BetFred Cup fixture also meant it was the first time Wes Foderingham hadn’t featured since he signed for the club last summer.
The 34-year-old said:
“It was fantastic, I was really looking forward to the game beforehand and to go out there and pull the jersey on at Ibrox, which is such a wonderful stadium and play in front of those fans is a really big moment in my career.
“I first touched the ball on 13 minutes 25 seconds, that’s what the Doctor just told me and I had four touches in the first-half but 100% pass completion rate.
“Sometimes games like that for goalkeepers are harder games because I have come off sweating and I’m saying to the boys “I can feel it” and the lads are looking over at me.
“But mentally as a goalkeeper you have to concentrate for that one chance because they are going to have that one chance.
“They had a free-kick in the second-half that did go alright but you have to organise your wall and players so you have to be mentally tuned in throughout the game. Tonight wasn’t very strenuous shall we say!
“The manager said he is going to give both Wes and I a fair crack at it and that is how it is, we will see what happens after these games.”
Like his manager Gilks is aware that as much as winning is required Rangers are using the League Cup group stage as a base for pre-season training. They face East Stirlingshire on Friday night.
Mark Warburton’s side have played just three games together since he brought in a raft of summer signings and his goalkeeper thinks the pieces are fitting together nicely.
Gilks continued: “These games have come a little bit sooner than we would have liked, obviously we would have liked a few more games before this competition but that is how it is.
“The lads are still getting to know each other, for myself playing for the first time tonight with Clint Hill, Rob, Hodgy at right-back and Lee Wallace so everyone is learning.
“Everybody is picking up pointers and style of play and how others play – we are gelling but it’s going to take a few more games so hopefully we can continue doing well.
“All I really know about Friday is that they have an astro pitch; I will look forward to that one, it will be entertaining and we’ll have a good following again away from home. Hopefully we go there and do a god professional job.”