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Rangers player reminded of his time at Newcastle United back in the day

11 months ago

Rangers ended last season 12 points behind Celtic and three adrift of Aberdeen who finished runners-up.

However, it was a positive end of the season for former Newcastle goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.

He ended the season in the first team and in the final five league games they only lost once, predictably to Celtic.

The 25 year old keeper has been talking  about his days at Newcastle ahead of the new season, comparing the goalkeeping strength in depth to what it is at Rangers now.

Alnwick recalls the days when he was the up and coming young keeper, with the likes of Tim Krul, Fraser Forster and Steve Harper ahead of him.

That was a pretty strong set-up, considering Tim Krul was excellent at the time and a Dutch international, Fraser Forster later moved (from Celtic) to Southampton for £10m and played for England, whilst Steve Harper was the 20 year veteran at St James Park.

Jak Alnwick was later catapulted into the Newcastle when with Tim Krul already out injured, Rob Elliot was forced off through injury during a home game to Chelsea back in December 2014.

Alnwick had to go on for his first team debut and did very well, Cisse scored two second half goals before Steven Taylor got a red card with 10 minutes remaining. Drogba pulled one back but Jak Alnwick stood firm and Newcastle won 2-1.

Thrown in at the deep end, Alnwick then faced a difficult run of games, as the wheels fell off once again for Alan Pardew as Newcastle lost 4-1 at Arsenal, 1-0 at home to Sunderland and 3-1 at Man Utd.

The young keeper’s final two games for Newcastle in the Premier League ended up being Pardew’s last game in charge (3-2 win over Everton) and John Carver’s first in control (3-3 draw at home to Burnley).

In amongst that was a tough 4-0 hammering at White Hart Lane in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, then the usual early FA Cup exit away at Leicester.

Jak Alnwick later released at the end of that season but then later establishing himself at Port Vale, before moving on to Rangers in January 2017.

As for Newcastle now, goalkeepers appears to be one area where they are relatively strong, Dubravka undisputed number one and Darlow & Elliot as back-ups, with the exciting Freddie Woodman emerging from the ranks.

Jak Alnwick speaking to Rangers TV:

“There are four of us out here and we are all in the same boat at the moment, it is a new manager and we are all trying to impress.

“You can see on a day to day basis that we all get on well. Wes and I have known each other a while and Greegsy has fitted straight in, we are all really good friends.

“I finished off the season, Wes had a good season and Greegsy came in off the back of a good season with Hull. Then you have Robby who had a good first season on loan and a good tournament in the summer with Scotland. It is great competition for all four of us.

“I was just thinking about how competitive this group is recently and think it is similar to the Newcastle United group I was part of.

“At the time we had Tim Krul, Steve Harper, Fraser Forster and me.

“It was a similar situation as Harps was a little bit older, Fraser had been out on loan a couple of times, as had Tim.

“It is a similar type of group but it is all good competition for all of us to push each other.”


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