St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark is interesting Glasgow Rangers as a potential back-up to Allan McGregor, according to Football Insider.

Glasgow-born, 26-year-old Clark began his career with the Hamilton youth side before signing in 2011 for the Perth club.

On 4 July 2011, teenager Clark joined Elgin in the Scottish Third Division for a one-year loan deal, to gain first-team experience playing with men and not his own age group.

That was a very smart move by St Johnstone as he played in 41 games throughout 2011-12.

The next season he moved on to Queen of the South who were playing in the Scottish Championship and featured in 31 ties for the Doonhamers.

On 17 October 2013, Clark re-signed on loan to Queen of the South for another season at Dumfries, where he accumulated another 39 appearances in goals at Palmerston Park.

St Johnstone were impressed with the progress the stopper was continuing to show and in May 2014 they extended his contract for another two years.

Queen of the South were very sorry to announce that their colossal loan keeper was heading back to St Johnstone for the 2015-16 season, and thanked him for his success.

Clark made his first appearance for St Johnstone on 26 September 2015, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 win against Dundee United.

It was announced shortly afterwards that Clark had signed a new contract with St Johnstone, due to run until the summer of 2018.

In July 2017 he was taken to hospital and diagnosed with concussion following a serious head injury incurred in a Sunderland pre-season friendly and recovered quickly.

He played every St Johnstone game during the 2018–19 season until he suffered a hamstring injury in February. He recovered fast enough to start in 39 games so far.

It appears that the Rangers scouts have been tracking him for a while due to his technical goalkeeping ability, added to his huge height advantage.

He would cost Rangers a transfer fee, as he has another year of his contract to run, before he could sign for the Ibrox club next season on a pre-contract next January 2020.

But seemingly Gerrard has decided that he wants Clark’s services brought in for next season, and feels that the time is right to bring his talent to Rangers now.

Remember, a top class goalie can easily save you 12-15 points a season, as McGregor has already proven, but he cannot go on forever.


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