WES FODERINGHAM admits he must turn in 9/10 performances every week if he is to fend off the threat of Matt Gilks.

The keeper believes he has already benefitted from the increased competition since the 34-year-old joined from Burnley this summer.

Foderingham started every game in his first season at Ibrox but Gilks has played three cup games this campaign.

The Gers Number One said: “I think it has been a decent start for me personally; no clean sheet at the minute but two goals is okay at this stage so I’m pleased enough.

“It has been a bit odd for me being on the bench, I don’t know what to do with myself at half-time – that is the main thing!

“But it makes it a bit different and last season I played every game but Matt has come in and done very well in the few games he has played but I wouldn’t like him to get too comfortable there if I’m honest.

“It is great that we have two good goalkeepers in the squad pushing each other, I will be a better goalkeeper for it and I am sure he will as well.

“There is a lot more pressure on my position and a lot more pressure on my performances now, they need to be nines out of 10 every week otherwise Matt is there waiting to try and take my place.

“I am aware of that, I’m fine with it and it’s the nature of the beast, it’s what we do and there is always going to be somebody there waiting and I’ll be better for it.”


Foderingham had never experienced the Scottish Premiership until two weeks ago and can already sense a different expectation around Ibrox.

He thinks a boosted backline will help the Gers excel this season, as well as help the team adapt quickly to a new challenge.

The 25-year-old said: “It is an obvious step up in quality, there is going to be more pressure in terms of the sides having a bit more quality in the final third.

“So if you do make a sloppy mistake at the back or your switch off at times then the teams in this league are more capable of punishing you, which we found out against Hamilton.

“It’s a step up that we are ready for, there is fantastic quality in the squad and we expect to be right up there.

“The boys that the manager has brought in are all able to play our way of football otherwise they wouldn’t be here.

“They are good quality players and I think that helps because sometimes it can be difficult going through a whole season and there only being a certain number of players.

“Sometimes it helps to be able to come out of the side and have a bit of a mental break and there is somebody there able to come in and deliver the same level of performance, which is key.

“A lot of the boys have played at a higher standard so I don’t think people need to worry about making the step up.

“Everyone is more than capable of stepping up; I think it is just the minor details that we need to brush up on as a team and I think we’ve done that so far.”


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