RANGERS goalkeeper Wes Foderingham is planning to celebrate penning a new one year extension to his Ibrox contract by ending Celtic’s 56 game unbeaten run in domestic competitions on Saturday.
Last season Celtic won five from six with Rangers earning a point in the 1-1 draw at Celtic Park in March.
There were two semi-final defeats at Hampden in the cups, two 5-1 thrashings at Celtic Park in September and then at Ibrox in April and a Hogmanay loss at Ibrox when Celtic came from behind to win 2-1.
So it is fair to say that the Rangers fans have had very little to shout about in the recent matches against Brendan Rodgers’Invincibles.
Yet Foderingham is hoping it will be seventh time unlucky for the Celtic manager, who has yet to taste defeat against Rangers, Aberdeen, Hearts, Motherwell and any other team he has come up against in British football.
Teams from England, Northern Ireland and Ireland have also tried and failed. Maybe Rangers can do what Manchester City et al have failed to do and put one over on Rodgers on Saturday. The goalie doesn’t see too many problems in making that dream a reality.
“If we can start fast, as we have done most of the games this season, I don’t see us having too many problems,” Foderingham stated.
“The first Old Firm (sic) game of the season is always the most difficult one as both sides are eager to get one up.
“But we know what we are capable of and if we can perform well at the weekend there is no reason why we cannot get the win.
“We strengthened in the summer and I think we will be a lot more competitive this season.
“There’s no doubt last season we did not perform well against Celtic.
“This year we need to improve and hopefully we can start off with a win.
“As a team we have a point to prove to ourselves because we have not done ourselves justice in the games we have played against them.”
Foderingham admitted that he came close to an Ibrox exit in the summer window, with former boss Mark Warburton trying to lure him down to Nottingham Forest. It was a tough call for the 26 year old, who is regarded as one of the Ibrox side’s biggest assets, but he opted to stay on at Rangers.
“If I’m being totally honest, I had options to leave,” Foderingham admitted.
“But my mind was already made up to stay at this club.
He also admitted that Rangers are looking to go one better in the league. Last season they finished behind Aberdeen in third spot, so one better would get them into second place. Not quite a concession of the league challenge from the goalie, but it certainly is heading in that direction.
“When Rangers said they wanted to keep me here I was pleased to hear that.
“My job isn’t done. I joined Rangers to play in Europe and be on the big stage.
“We want to go one better in the league and also win a cup this season.
“I want to play at the highest level possible and feel I can do that here.
“I’ve had great times at the club and I was keen to extend my stay at Ibrox.”