Why did Glasgow Rangers bring New Zealand international goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic for a seven-day trial and then sign Andy Firth from Barrow two days later? 

For a club that is short of money, it didn’t make much sense.

Within two or three days of 27-year-old arriving, Steven Gerrard signed 22-year-old Firth for Rangers on an 18-month free transfer deal.

Does this mean that the much-shorter Firth is a better option than the tall Marinovic? If so, then that makes more sense of this strange situation that arose last week.

If it turns out that Marinovic is an outstanding keeper at the end of his trial period, then what should Rangers do? Pay more signing on fees, plus add to the already huge wage bill?

Marinovic recently played in Germany appearing 70 times for SpVgg Unterhaching and 37 games in the MLS for the Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps. 

He is certainly an experienced goalkeeper who has accrued 24 caps for the New Zealand international team, and will be looking to continue as their No. 1.

Although Allan McGregor is turning out to be Rangers best signing this season, he is getting older, and he will eventually have to be replaced at some point.

It’s possible that manager Gerrard has already got back-up goalkeeper Wes Foderingham lined up to sell to an established English side, for a decent transfer fee.

If not, perhaps he is contemplating taking a loan-deal from a Championship side down south, then he would have Marinovic and Firth to choose from for their bench duties. 

Jak Alnwick is still on loan at Scunthorpe United and he is a signed Rangers player who could very well leave at the end of the season.

It has been agreed that 20-year-old Robby McCrorie, the twin brother of midfielder Ross McCrorie, has now been loaned out to Greenock Morton to keep goal until the end of the season.

As such, Gerrard will have six quality goalkeepers if he finally agrees to a deal with Marinovic.


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