Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been criticised by Wes Foderingham, who is now a free agent after his Ibrox contract expired.
Foderingham joined Rangers in 2015, helping the club earn promotion back to the Scottish Premiership the following season, and clocking up 143 appearances overall.
However, the 29-year-old made just 13 appearances in two seasons under Gerrard, and is now looking for a new club.
Foderingham has expressed his frustration at being “priced out of a move” after Allan McGregor took over his role as number one at Rangers, and claimed that Gerrard told him he “wasn’t his type of person”.
Speaking to the Open Goal podcast, the keeper said: “I knew by bringing him (Gerrard) in as manager and some of the players we were linked with, we were going up another level, and the onus was then on me to raise my game and say: ‘It doesn’t matter who you bring in, I am going to show him I should play’.
“When McGregor came in, it was always the club’s intention to sell me that summer. I was never told that but that’s what happened, I got a call from my agent. I found it strange. I had a meeting with the manager and he said I wasn’t his type of person, which I found quite strange.
“He didn’t go into any great depth but he just kind of questioned my willingness to fight for a position, which I don’t think I showed anything to suggest I wasn’t happy to fight for my place. I have fought for my place my whole career.
“The decision was made and at this point I wasn’t even training with the main team. I trained with the goalies but when we went into the main session I had to stay over. I couldn’t believe what was happening. But sometimes a manager doesn’t take a liking to you.
“I thought I was away that summer but I spoke to my agent and he said the club wanted X amount for me but no-one was biting at that amount. The club said I wasn’t going on loan, they wanted that figure. In all honesty, I was priced out of a move at that point. They tried to drop it slightly but it was never a realistic figure.”
Strong claims by Foderingham about how Gerrard allegedly behaved towards him, and it will be interesting to see whether the Rangers boss will respond to what the former Ibrox man has said.
Sadly, it’s not uncommon for players to be frozen out in the game, and it’s especially harsh when it comes to goalkeepers when they slip out of contention – not only is it more difficult to get another first-team shot, but they can’t be offloaded easily in case the first-choice stopper gets injured or suspended.
That said, Foderingham is a top goalkeeper, too good to be a number two in fact, and surely a good club will snap him up in the near future, enabling him to show what he’s capable of.