Keeper wants to take Gers chance
Neil Alexander is determined to make the most of his opportunity in the Rangers team.
Last Updated: 24/09/08 5:07pm
Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander is determined to make the most of his unexpected opportunity in the starting line-up.
Alexander made his first appearance of the season in Sunday's SPL win over Motherwell after regular No.1 Allan McGregor was dropped.
McGregor is again tipped to be left on the bench for Wednesday's Co-op Insurance Cup tie at Partick Thistle as manager Walter Smith keeps faith with Alexander.
And it is a chance in the team that former Ipswich keeper Alexander is eager to grasp after acknowledging his surprise at starting against Motherwell.
"I knew when I signed for Rangers I was coming as back-up and as a No.2, but I always hoped I would get a chance," Alexander told the Evening Times.
"Obviously that came at the end of last season with Allan's injury, but I fully expected Allan to get the nod again when he was fit at the start of the season.
"When the manager told me at 1.30pm before the game with Motherwell I was in I was surprised. Now I have been given my chance I just want to get a run of games and produce my best form.
"Obviously I have not been playing first-team football in a while, as my last game was pre-season in the friendly with Schalke, and it will take time for me to get my match sharpness back.
"But the more games I get under my belt the sharper I will get. Hopefully I can continue along that road against Partick Thistle tonight."