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31 January 2017

Former Scotland International goalkeeper Matt Gilks signs from Rangers

  • Matt Gilks joins Wigan Athletic from Rangers for undisclosed fee.
  • Former Scotland international goalkeeper Matt Gilks signs from Rangers.
  • “His experience is a huge asset for us.” – Warren Joyce on Matt Gilks.
Wigan Athletic have signed the former Burnley, Norwich City, Blackpool, Rochdale, Shrewsbury Town and Scotland goalkeeper Matt Gilks from Rangers for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.
He has passed a medical at the DW Stadium and signs an 18months deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2018.

The 34 year-old played over 200 matches for Blackpool, including in the Premier League, having initially come through the ranks at his home town club of Rochdale, for whom he notched 197 games. 

Latics manager Warren Joyce sees him as a great new addition: “Matt adds competition to the squad and we are delighted to welcome him on board, he’s a highly experienced keeper who has played in every division and knows the league inside out. We are delighted to have been able to secure his signature. “

After leaving Blackpool, Gilks has endured a frustrating time, initially joining Burnley in 2014 as cover to Tom Heaton, but he did not feature in the league. He has found himself behind Wes Fotheringham at Rangers this season, only featuring in the league cup, where he kept four clean sheets out of five and was man of the match in a narrow 1-0 defeat against Celtic in the other. 

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