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Dumbarton 0-6 Rangers: Kenny Miller staying grounded as Gers snap up Polish keeper

By Andy Newport

Published 04/01/2016

New face: Maciej Gostomski has signed a deal with Rangers
New face: Maciej Gostomski has signed a deal with Rangers

Rangers have signed Polish goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski until the end of the season. Gostomski previously had a trial spell at Murray Park and has joined following the end of his contract with Lech Poznan.

The 27-year-old, who stands 6ft 5in tall, will provide cover for Wes Foderingham as Cammy Bell continues to fight injury following shoulder and knee problems.

Gostomski, who made 44 appearances in two seasons at Poznan, said: "This is a great opportunity for me and with my experience I think I can bring something to Rangers. They are a huge club with a great history and I am delighted to be here."

He is the second signing of the transfer window for Rangers manager Mark Warburton, who also brought in winger Harry Forrester from Doncaster.

Gers striker Kenny Miller admits no one in the line-up can afford to think their place is safe even after he hit a hat-trick in their 6-0 win at Dumbarton.

It was Rangers' biggest win under manager Warburton but with the Championship race looking like it could go to the wire, the Englishman is set to add even more faces to his squad.

A defender also remains high on Warburton's wish list and Miller said: "You're always looking to strengthen and the manager says if the right player becomes available, we'll be in for them. If we strengthen then that will benefit the team.

"The lads who have the jersey will be out to keep it, but it's up to them to keep performing, keep scoring goals, keep defending. It will serve a purpose of keeping the lads on their toes.

"However, as long as we keep going this way, new lads will find it hard to get into the team."

Miller scrambled home the opener against the Sons three minutes from half-time before scoring with a precision header after an hour.

He wrapped up his treble soon after by slotting past goalkeeper Mark Brown. Martyn Waghorn fired home the fourth while Andy Halliday also got in on the act with a deflected free-kick.

The best was saved till last though as full-back James Tavernier then rifled a 25-yard beauty into the top corner.

The thrashing of Dumbarton was another indication that Gers have recovered from their recent slump following last week's 4-2 win over title rivals Hibernian.

But Miller was pleased to see his side - who retain a three-point lead over Hibs, who are now down to third behind Falkirk on goal difference - cope with switching from the high of playing in front of a sell-out Ibrox last week to the more sedate surroundings at Dumbarton's one-stand home.

"That was a brilliant start to the New Year," he said.

"After our big win at Hibs last week, it was crucial to come here, with a completely different atmosphere and do the job just as professionally. I'm absolutely delighted with the result.

"We hope we keep getting stronger. We've come through a little poor spell of results where we knew the results weren't good enough and performances probably weren't up to scratch either.

"I said before the Hibs game that I hoped we could kick on. Hopefully this was the start of it."

Belfast Telegraph

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