ACCORDING to Matt Gilks life as a number two goalkeeper is tougher than being first pick and means you have to work twice as hard.
The 34-year-old moved to Rangers this summer to not only take up the position behind Wes Foderingham but also challenge the young stopper for his gloves.
Gilks will start his third game for the Gers when Peterhead visit Ibrox in the BetFred Cup this evening.
“It is tough being a number two because you want to be out there playing and you have to work twice as hard to try and get in the team.
“I have done that for a few years now and I don’t particularly like it but it’s just the way it is and I have been around a long time so I know how it works.
“It’s about being professional, knuckling down and doing what I do best – that is all there is to it.
“You have to train hard every day, work hard and show what I can do when I get an opportunity to play.
“I haven’t had assurances (about playing) but he [Mark Warburton] said that I would play the cup games, which he has done so far and he said that we would share the pre-season games which we have had, which is great.
“I am not so sure about getting a share of the games, if Wes is playing well and is on top form then he should be playing in goal.
“The same as if I was in there and doing well I might think I’d like to stay in there as well, at the end of the day it’s what the manager sees fit and who is doing well at the time.”
Mark Warburton is set to make a raft of changes ahead of his side’s League Cup second round tie.
The manager has promised starts to Gilks, Lee Hodson, Jordan Rossiter and Joe Dodoo.
“Yeah I believe I’m getting a game which will be nice; there will be a few changes the manager has said, me being one of them.
“So the lads who didn’t get a run out on Saturday will be involved on Tuesday night so we will be looking forward to that.”