Despite departing to join Connah’s Quay Nomads 18 months ago, Andy Firth maintains a deep connection with Rangers, evident in his regular social media posts supporting the team. He now hopes that Jack Butland, too, has been captivated by the Rangers spirit and will resist any tempting offers for a swift return to England in the upcoming January transfer window.
Butland’s contributions have been crucial for Rangers, notably securing four clean sheets in seven matches since the arrival of Philippe Clement. Speculation regarding potential interest in Butland has been circulating, with Birmingham reportedly keen on acquiring his services. Despite a challenging start to the season for the club, Butland stands out as one of the few players in the squad with a significant market value.
Firth, in an interview with the Daily Record, expressed his desire for Butland to stay at Ibrox and contribute to bringing silverware back to the club. He emphasized, “I really hope they don’t for obvious reasons. He looks like he’s really enjoying himself and it’s no wonder. I think everybody gets that bug for Rangers once they walk through that famous front door.”
Firth, who has been keeping a close eye on Rangers even after leaving, highlighted the allure of European football as a compelling factor that might persuade Butland to stay. Reflecting on his own experiences, he stated, “Those European nights are special and I definitely think that will play a big part in his mind if anything does come calling because you don’t get that anywhere else.”
As Rangers aim to secure European football after Christmas, Firth remains optimistic that a positive result against Limassol in the upcoming week will convince Butland that his future belongs in Glasgow. In the fervent hope that the combination of the club’s rich history, passionate fanbase, and recent managerial developments will sway Butland’s decision, Firth concluded, “Hopefully, the team can get that result against Limassol next week to secure European football after Christmas, and that’s enough to convince Jack his future is still in Glasgow.”