He was listed after a disagreement over his training routine, after a season in which he played only 10 games because of injury. But Smith has been so delighted with the response from the 30- year-old Scotland international goalkeeper that he has pitched him in at the Nikos Goumas stadium after only one major pre-season match. However, the Ibrox boss has a selection problem, with the defender John Brown suffering from a back injury. With Basile Boli suspended, Smith's options would be further reduced if, as seems likely, the 32-year-old Brown is ruled out.
Confirming Goram's selection, Smith said: 'Andy will start in goal and he is off the transfer list. I don't need to talk to him about it. He knew the reasons why I did what I did but he has given me the ideal response.'
Goram has worked on his condition over the summer, going to Lilleshall while his team-mates played pre-season games in Denmark and Germany.Reuse content