Rangers sign former on-loan Manchester United shot-stopper Jack Butland
Jack Butland, who was on loan at Manchester United from Crystal Palace, has joined Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The English national joined the Red Devils in the previous transfer window on a temporary move. After Martin Dubravka was recalled by Newcastle United, the Old Trafford side acquired the services of the 30-year-old from the Selhurst Park side.
However, United have opted against extending Butland’s stay. His contract with the Eagles has also come to an end. Now, the English national has made his way to the Glasgow-based club on a four-year deal.
The 30-year-old is a highly experienced goalkeeper. Over the years, the shot-stopper first established himself at Stoke City and then joined Palace in the summer of 2020.
However, at the Selhurst Park side, Butland was not handed regular opportunities. The English national did not make a signal appearance for the Eagles in the 2022/23 campaign.
Having signed for Man United in January, the experienced goalkeeper did not feature for the Red Devils either. While the shot-stopper found himself on the bench on several occasions, including the FA Cup final, Erik ten Hag stuck with David de Gea in every competition.
The Spain international has been the Dutch manager’s first choice for most of the season. In the current campaign, the 32-year-old has put in mixed performances.
While the former Atletico Madrid star has made some clutch saves, he has also been error-prone. Also, the veteran goalkeeper leaves a lot to be desired with his distribution, with playing the ball out from the back seemingly important for Ten Hag.
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With Butland’s departure, the Old Trafford side will evidently need to add a new shot-stopper to their ranks. It remains to be seen who the Manchester-based club will go after.