Rangers picked up a crucial win in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon. Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias in the second half secured all three points for Rangers at Ibrox. Christophe Berra’s finish for Hearts proved to be a mere consolation.
There was, however, some noticeable absentees from the Rangers starting XI. Alfredo Morelos and Greg Docherty, who were involved in an argument with each other in last week’s woeful Old Firm performance, were both dropped. Andy Halliday, who publicly vented his frustrations at Rangers manager Graeme Murty last week, was also left out There was also no place in the starting XI for regular keeper Wes Foderingham.
The 27-year-old Englishman was not in the squad for the game with Jak Alnwick starting and Liam Kelly taking his place on the bench.
Rangers confirmed before and after the game that Foderingham was missing with a shoulder concern. So, unlike the others dropped, this seemed to be a decision taken out of Murty’s hands. However, that did not stop the conspiracy theorists from having something of a field day on the matter.
However, many Rangers fans were happy to see Foderingham out of the starting XI.
Despite recently talking about his chances of playing for the senior England team, a number of Rangers fans clearly feel that is somewhat beyond the talents of their keeper.
Fans at Rangers feel that sometimes Foderingham, for all his shot-stopping ability, is lacking in other areas. His command of the box can be weak and his distribution is often hurried and frustrating.
Whilst many Rangers fans were pleased to see Foderingham out of the starting XI, it was hardly the universal feeling. ‘Fod’ still has a lot of support amongst the Rangers fanbase but it certainly seems as though many were happy for him to be getting a break, even if was not optional.
Of course, the man who replaced him, Alnwick, is hardly a popular option at Ibrox either so Rangers may need to look at the goalkeeper position a little carefully this summer.
Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter…
I’m actually glad Foderingham is out mate, injured or not I’m not a fan tbh. Docherty was only 1 that tried last imo.
— DAVID-NIMMO (@Nimsay1872) April 22, 2018
Foderingham dropped ??
— Daz (@DazCrichton) April 22, 2018
Manager Graeme Murty tells Rangers TV that goalkeeper Wes Foderingham “has a bit of a shoulder issue”.
Rephrase….he is dropped and he doesnt want to hurt his feelings in public
— Billy Turnbull (@Billy_Turnbull) April 22, 2018
As much as I love foderingham this keeper does what we should be doing n playing out quick before the opposing team has chance to reset #rfc
— Ashley. (@GersGirl20) April 22, 2018
The thing that is making me happiest about Rangers today is Alnwick is throwing the ball to a Rangers player where Foderingham mindlessly lumps it up the park
— Steven Roy (@stevenroy27) April 22, 2018
Alnwick that was straight out of the goalkeeping school of Wes foderingham. Pish poor at commanding your box!
— StaunchWalter1872 (@WalterSmithC0) April 22, 2018
Foderingham dropped today was a strange one, although he mightve put his back out by constantly picked the ball out the net last week ?
— Tam (@Ned_Stevens1) April 22, 2018
— Geeb ?? (@Geeboyyyyy) April 22, 2018
And a sound mind. Foderingham is a bombscare when it comes to the mental game.
— Chris Kelly (@AWBAblog) April 22, 2018
What a keeper @alnwick42 is! Alot of urgency about him, quick to roll the ball out instead of a blind hoof up the park. Needs more game time IMO and a serious contender for @wes_foderingham‘s number 1 jersey
— Jamie (@_jamiegibson_) April 22, 2018