ALTHOUGH Matt Gilks says he hasn’t come to Ibrox to sit on the bench he admits Rangers’ goals this season are more important than any individual.
With the Gers back in the top flight after four seasons away he knows how important his role is to not only support Number One Wes Foderingham but also challenge him.
The competition is tougher than ever in Mark Warburton’s squad and Gilks can sense something special is happening.
The Scotland International said: “I can feel it, when we’re training they know the expectation going into the league as Champions so now they have to kick on again because a lot is expected of Rangers Football Club.
“I can sense the lads sense that and I can see the dedication and commitment when the manager is speaking – they are listening and tuned into what we’re doing.
“I hope to still play, I still want to play football, I have just turned 34 and feel I am the fittest I have ever been after coming out of Burnley.
“But I think our goals this year are more about what we do as a team rather than as individuals.
“So if Wes is playing you can be sure that I am going to be pushing him all the way for a start and Wes knows he has to keep me out of the team.
“I have seen Wes play and played against him in the friendly with Burnley last year.
“I am talking to the young lads now, it is just a natural thing I do because ultimately I would love to be a goalkeeping coach so I am looking at the young lads thinking can I help? Can I give them pointers? I even do that with Wes.”
Gilks has just returned from America with the rest of the first team squad where played the second half of Gers 2-1 win against Charleston Battery.
Jim Stewart took a group of four keepers out the States that included youngsters Liam Kelly and Robby McCrorie.
“The goalkeepers here are brilliant, I am really impressed with the two young lads Liam and Robby, I’ve been rooming with Robby and he is slightly quiet… I’ll leave that one there.
“Robby is either going to come out of this trip a more rounded individual or scarred, I can’t decide which!
“I knew it was tactical to put us together because he is a quiet lad and I think coming into a first team environment now for his first experience means he is going to be naturally quiet.
“His training doesn’t show that at all, he is fantastic in training and a real good dedicated pro.
“He does need to let lose every now and again, he can have a chocolate bar rather than a bag of nuts!
“But he is very dedicated and it is quite refreshing to see a young lad who sticks to his guns and continues his professionalism.
“We have chats in the room and me being me we have a giggle but what happens in the room stays in the room.”