JIM STEWART says that new goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is desperate to keep improving as a goalkeeper and wants to challenge for the number one jersey.
Stewart has had a week to work with the English stopper now since he moved from Port Vale in the January transfer window and the Gers and Scotland goalkeeping coach has been impressed with what he’s seen and the attitude of Alnwick so far.
He said: “Jak is young, has had the experience of being at a big club at Newcastle and knows the workings of a big club, and obviously the people I have spoken to were surprised he left Newcastle.
“I think it worked for him in that respect as he has ended up playing 70-odd games for Port Vale at a very good standard.
“I would say both Jak and Wes are very alike. They are both left-footed, Jak is comfortable with the ball at his feet, he’s agile, enthusiastic, desperate to learn and is desperate to push Wes and be the first choice.”
An extended interview with Stewart can be read in the Final Word feature of the match programme for the Greenock Morton game and can also be viewed on RangersTV by subscribers.
The Light Blues goalkeeping coach is delighted to have the former Toon goalkeeper to train with every day: “People talk about first-choice and second choice – we have two very, very good goalkeepers and we are delighted to have them on board.
“On Wes, he has been first-class this season. The battle for the number-one jersey has been a good one, and Matty’s performances in the League Cup were excellent, culminating in the performance against Celtic.
“He was desperate to play more often, but because Wes has been so consistent since the start of the season, it was awkward for Matt to get that opportunity.
“The confidence in Wes’ game is so high, and he knows the levels he is hoping to attain. He demands high standards from himself and obviously with the competition, that helps him achieve it.”
IF you are coming to the Scottish Cup fifth round tie against Morton at Ibrox, don’t forget to get your hands on an official Rangers matchday programme.
The 100-page bumper Cup issue is packed with interviews and features with your favourite Rangers stars past and present, and here is what you can expect:
- An exclusive interview with American midfielder Emerson Hyndman
- ‘On The Spot’ with Rob Kiernan
- Exclusive interviews with former Ibrox stars Craig Moore and Dave McPherson
- ‘NextGen Gers’ with talented young goalkeeper Robby McCrorie
- ‘The Last Word’ with goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart
- The lowdown on Morton from the Greenock Telegraph’s Mark Hendry in ‘Journo’s View’
Also in the programme club historian David Mason remembers when Rangers unveiled their new grandstand, now known as the Bill Struth Main Stand, in the late 1920s, there is On This Day, Snapshot, the A to Z of Rangers, a tricky quiz, Andy Cameron’s column and Junior Gers.
All this and so much more can be found in this tomorrow’s Scottish Cup matchday programme, price just £3.50. Don’t miss it!
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