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Foderingham fired up to fight for the Gers goalkeeping jersey

Rangers v Ayr United, Betfred Cup quarter-final: Ibrox, Tonight, 7.45pm

By Andy Newport

Wes Foderingham is determined to push all the way for the Rangers goalkeeper's jersey after being given encouragement from manager Steven Gerrard.

Foderingham's Rangers career looked over in the summer when Allan McGregor returned to Ibrox but the former England Under-19 international was drafted in for the Betfred Cup tie at Kilmarnock last month and will start his second match of the season in the quarter-final against Ayr at Ibrox tonight.

When asked about his situation, Foderingham said: "I still see myself as a number one who is not in the side at the moment but my job is to train the best that I can and when the opportunity comes to go out on the pitch and play, to give a good account of myself.

"I'm not used to it. It's the first time in my career that I have had a period on the bench, so it's difficult."

And Foderingham has been happy with the way manager Gerrard and assistant Gary McAllister have gone about their business.

"They have been very encouraging," he said. "Obviously 'Greegsy' has come in and done really well so I can't have any complaints about being out of the side at the minute.

"But they have just told me to be ready because anything can happen in football."

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