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GERS KEEPER SLAMMED: ‘IT’S YOUR FAULT,’ SAYS EX-STAR

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RANGERS stand-by keeper Wes Foderingham has been savaged by former Leeds and Aberdeen star Noel Whelan over recent comments.

The 29-year-old Englishman looks to be heading out of Ibrox when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Foderingham, who was signed by ex-boss Mark Warburton from Swindon in July 2015, lost his first-team place to comeback star Allan McGregor and has been restricted to just 13 appearances in the past two seasons.

The shotstopper made a rare appearance in last week’s 2-0 Scottish Cup victory over Stranraer and is likely to be back on the substitutes’ bench for the visit of St Mirren tonight.

Reflecting on his future, Foderingham admitted: “It’s hard because Greegsy’s been playing so well. He hasn’t given me a chance to get back in and the gaffer has a job to do, to pick a side.

“When I’m picked, I do the best I can do and I work hard in training. That’s all I can really do.

“My deal is up in the summer. I’ve had informal talks with the club, but, ultimately, I want to play, so we’ll get this window out the way and see where we are.

ROARING SUCCESS? Wes Foderingham is under attack from Noel Whelan.

“The club are aware of my position and we’ll need to have another discussion.

“Does it feel like I have lost two years of my career? Definitely. I’d say so.

“It’s difficult to look at it any other way. I’ve enjoyed the past couple of seasons and the club is in a better position now but, for me, those two years could have been better spent.”

Ex-Middlesbrough and Coventry City forward Whelan, who has also played for Dunfermline and Livingston in his stint in Scottish football, has claimed Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard will want rid of the club’s former No.1 as soon as possible.

He told Football Insider: “I think if I’m the manager, or Steven Gerrard in this case, and I heard him say that, he’ll be out the door as quick as he could get him out.

“You don’t need players like that, you keep that to yourself, speak to your agent, do things right, Gerrard won’t appreciate that, the fans won’t appreciate that, either.

“It’s down to you as a player to make whatever time you have at a club worthwhile and, if you’re not getting in the side, it’s your fault, it’s not the manager’s fault.

“You’re not good enough or you’ve not worked hard enough to push the No.1 all the way to take his place.

“Look a little closer to home, don’t blame anyone around you, the opportunity has been there for two years, it’s you who has wasted it, not the club, not the manager.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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