Rangers: Goalkeeper Steve Simonsen handed trial at Ibrox

Steve Simonsen in action for Dundee last season

Rangers have taken former Dundee and Everton goalkeeper Steve Simonsen on trial as manager Ally McCoist seeks experienced competition for Cammy Bell.

Scott Gallacher has started the season in goal while Rangers await the end of a signing embargo on 1 September to complete the capture of Bell.

But McCoist wants to send the 24-year-old out on loan for more experience.

"In an ideal world, we'd put Gall out on loan so that he's playing every week," he told Rangers' website.

Despite being in his mid-20s, Gallacher had to wait until this season to make his debut for Rangers, having previously had loan spells with Cowdenbeath and Forfar Athletic.

Scott Gallacher
Gallacher has made three competitive appearances for Rangers, all this season

The 26-year-old Bell, capped once for Scotland, ended an 11-year stay at Kilmarnock in the summer to after the departure of Neil Alexander.

But, despite a that has led former chief executive Charles Green to question , McCoist wants an experienced back-up for their first season in Scotland's new third tier, League One.

Simonsen, 34, played eight times on a last season as Dundee were relegated from the top flight and will spend the rest of the week training with Rangers.

However, McCoist admits that the former Stoke City, Tranmere, Sheffield United and Preston North End goalkeeper has other options.

"Steve has come in and we're very thankful to him for doing that," he said.

"We can have a look at him and he can have a look at our place as well. We'll see where that takes us.

"Steve has been training here and there and I think he has had one or two other offers from other places which he has had to weigh up."

The embargo on registering players means that Rangers are restricted to featuring two new recruits at a time as trialists in league matches until next month.

"The bottom line is there's no immediate rush for us to do anything because of the situation we're in at the moment," added McCoist.

"Ideally, we'll play Gall between now and the last week in August - then we can look at maybe sending him to play somewhere else."

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