JAK ALNWICK is loving life at Rangers and enjoying every second working with the goalkeepers at the club.
The 24-year-old shotstopper, signed by Mark Warburton in January, has been back-up to number one Wes Foderingham since moving to Ibrox from Port Vale, making just one first-team appearance against St Johnstone last season.
That, however, has not disheartened the 6’ 2” Englishman who insists he could not be happier being part of Pedro Caixinha’s squad.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “Obviously you’ve got me, Wes, Liam [Kelly] and even Robby [McCrorie] and the young lads. But we’ve all said that together as a unit we’re really good.
We’re always having a laugh day in and day out and it’s good because it is competition but it is healthy competition and we’re all good friends.
“To have that base between the goalkeepers has been nice. Although there have been a lot of changes we’ve still got the four goalkeepers stuck together.
“It’s one of those things, you like to have as much competition as you can and you look and there’s not a bad goalkeeper here.
“Everyone brings something to the table and every single goalkeeper is different.
“If you are comparing Liam to Wes, or you are comparing me to Robby, I think you would say every one of us is different.
“So it’s nice because although me and Wes are there we can pick up on little things that the younger lads do and they can learn a lot from us.
“It’s a good mix of ages, we’re all still fairly young and learning the game so it’s nice.”
Caixinha has a different approach to previous manager Mark Warburton which has meant that all the players, including the goalkeepers, have had to adapt accordingly.
Alnwick explained: “Yeah the manager wants it mixed up. We always want to play out from the back because Rangers teams are teams that keep possession, but we have got the capability to mix it up.
For goalkeepers, I think you’re bred to have both styles. You work on short build up and long build up and you’ve just got to adapt because managers come and managers go.
“You go to different teams and you need to be ready for all different kinds of aspects of the game.”
Jose Belman is now Rangers’ goalkeeping coach and Alnwick likes the ideas he has brought to training.
He added: “He’s been good, he’s obviously adapting to coming over here as well.
“Obviously the conditions in the countries he has worked in have been a lot hotter than over here so his sessions were quite toned down at first, but now I think he’s adapted really well and he’s got some good ideas.
“Obviously it’s nice to have an English goalkeeping coach and it’s also nice to have someone from abroad because they have a different kind of idea and aspect on goalkeeping. So it’s a good mixture that you can learn from both.”