Lee Robinson ‘will carry on as Rangers No 1’

Lee Robinson grabbed his chance following Steve Simonsen's suspension. Picture: SNS

Lee Robinson grabbed his chance following Steve Simonsen's suspension. Picture: SNS

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LEE Robinson has been told the Rangers number one spot is his to keep.

The Ibrox keeper was given his chance in goal for last week’s Scottish Championship clash with Hibernian after Steve Simonsen was banned for breaching betting rules.

Robinson then clung on to the jersey for Friday night’s 2-1 win over Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy after interim manager Kenny McDowall informed the 28-year-old he was Gers’ new number one.

Former first choice stopper Cammy Bell is only a few weeks away from fitness after six months out with shoulder trouble, but assistant boss Gordon Durie confirmed Robinson is the man he will have to oust to reclaim his starting slot.

He said: “Kenny decided that Lee Robinson was going to keep the shirt. He’s in possession and it’s up for him to lose it.”

Meanwhile, the Light Blues’ former Under-20s coach has claimed there could be more Murray Park youngsters ready to follow Andy Murdoch into McDowall’s first-team.

Durie watched with pride as 20-year-old Murdoch marked only his second Championship start with a stunning 25-yard strike to open the scoring in Fife.

“Andy’s a confident lad, he was captain of the 20s and he knows he’s here because he’s good enough,” said Durie.

“There are two or three other young lads we hope to bring through, they’re training with the first team right now.

“With Andy being in the side that gives them a lift, shows them that if they work hard and show enough they’ll get their chance.”

Durie also hopes to see skipper Lee McCulloch back soon after he lasted just 45 minutes of his return to the Ibrox side.

McCulloch was banned for stamping on Raith’s Dale Carrick in their shock William Hill Scottish Cup win at Ibrox a fortnight ago and missed last week’s 2-0 defeat to Hibs.

He was recalled for the Stark’s Park rematch with Rovers but had to be replaced at half-time by Darren McGregor after straining his neck.

Durie said: “Lee had a bad neck spasm before the game. He thought he could play through it but it really stiffened up at half-time, so he just couldn’t carry on. Hopefully he will be okay for Falkirk next Friday.”

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