Steve Simonsen in line to sign with Crewe as player-coach

Steve Simonsen, courtesy of courtesy of Rob Casey (SNS)

Steve Simonsen is among the favorites to sign with Crewe in England’s League One.  Manager Steve Davis (not to be confused with former Rangers captain Steven Davis) is looking to add a reserve goalkeeper who can also double as an assistant coach.

Toby Robinson of This is Cheshire reports that Simonsen is competing with two other keepers for the spot. Huddersfield Town’s Ian Bennett who is 42 years old & Glasgow-born Rotherham United keeper Scott Shearer are also in line for the Crewe gig.  Shearer is 33 years old, while Simonsen is 35.

Davis explained, via This is Cheshire, “They are all players that have been number twos and number ones and still capable of playing.  There are a lot of free transfers out there and we’ll try to get to get the best ones we can – I don’t think we’ll look to spend any money.”

Additionally, Davis told the Railwaymen’s official website, “The situation with the goalkeeper is on-going. We have nothing sorted yet and I don’t envisage anything being sorted for at least another couple of weeks.”

“I am in no particular rush on that because we want to get the right one in.”

According to the club’s official website, the key caveat is that the signing not only functions as the reserve goalkeeper but is also capable of leading training sessions for the first team & youth academy players.

Simonsen only made two appearances in his one season with Rangers.  Sadly the gaffe against Dundee United in the Scottish Cup marked the most memorable moment of his Rangers career in the eyes of most supporters.

Given the evident professionalism & leadership that Simonsen displayed during his time at Ibrox it is very likely that the player-coach role will be appealing to the former Stoke City & Everton goalie.

There has been no public speculation that Rangers will be seeking a replacement for Simonsen as Ally McCoist may be ready to hand the reserve role to 24-year old Scott Gallacher.  Gallacher made six appearances in all competitions last year before being loaned out to Airdrieonians where he made eight appearances for Airdrie.

 

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