JAK ALNWICK hopes he has played himself into Pedro Caixinha’s thoughts for next season after making his Rangers debut against St Johnstone.
The 23-year-old said he loved every minute of his bow for the Gers, which was his first action since arriving at the club in January and he admits he would like it if his display caught the manager’s eye.
Alnwick was disappointed to concede after Graham Cummins netted 14 minutes from time but the Light Blues hung on to end their season with a 2-1 win – much to the stopper’s delight.
Speaking to RangersTV he said: “It was nice to get out in front of the manager, you have to show what you can do and in training you can only show so much and without playing minutes you can’t show what you can do.
“Hopefully I have put a little marker in his head and you never know. You have to do what you can and you have to keep pushing every single day and see where it takes you. It is going to be a good competition between Wes and me.
“I would love a few more opportunities next season, I am hungry, I want to keep progressing and I want to play as many games as possible, whether it is cup games or leagues games I will take anything.
“I loved it, every debut you’ve just got to enjoy it. I haven’t played in four months and I just thought I would go out there and enjoy every second of it, take the crowd in and get used to what it’s like out there.
“Port Vale didn’t have those types of away crowds but Newcastle did and it was getting used to it again – I loved every second of it and thought it was a good win.
“It’s one of those where you have to get your eye in again, I played 90 minutes for the 20s but it is totally different.
“Four months is a long time but I thought I settled in fairly quickly and once you get a touch of the ball and get your timing right it sort of falls into place.
“How I performed is down to others to judge and for the manager to judge but for my debut I was quite happy come off at the end and Wes says he has seen people have worse debuts, I think he was referring to himself!
“I am unhappy we conceded a goal, I would have liked a clean sheet but at the end of the day it is about the team and it’s a good way to end the season.”
Alnwick will return with the rest of the squad on June 5 to prepare for Europa League action and the goalkeeper already has some experience of the tournament with his former club Newcastle United.
He continued: “I never played for Newcastle in Europe but I was travelling and I was on the bench a few times.
“Being around it you kind of get the feel for Europe and Newcastle are a passionate club like Rangers, the club has a great history in Europe and I think it is going to be amazing.
“It’s something the players are looking forward to and hopefully new players coming in will know exactly what it is going to be like.”