Jack Butland has admitted his snub by England's national team will act as "fuel" to his fire to perform even better at Rangers.

The keeper was widely tipped to be named in Gareth Southgate's squad for recent friendlies with Brazil and Belgium - but wasn't ultimately picked.

First capped in 2012, the former Stoke and Manchester United keeper has turned out for his country nine times but hasn't been involved in recent years.

His form has been superb since coming to Ibrox in the summer on a free transfer, prompting talk that he could be in contention for a spot at Euro 2024 but that now seems unlikely.ย 

It's a situation Butland admits was upsetting. Asked if being left out had taken a toll, he told Rangers TV: "Of course it has some effect because you think about it, of course you want to be involved in it. You work hard but saying that, it wasn't at the forefront of my mind really.

"What was on my mind was playing well here and taking each day as it comes, not even each game as it comes, just enjoying what I'm doing and loving the work and as a byproduct of that, the England chatter came up which was incredible and that's been the result of some good performances from the club and where we are as a team.

"Was I disappointed not to be called up? Yeah, of course I was because I want to be back in there and I'd love to be back in there so yes, there was some disappointment but there's understanding as well that the goalkeepers that are going are top, top goalkeepers. It gives you that little bit more fuel for the fire to kick on and finish strong and who knows what happens in the summer."

While Butland grew up supporting Manchester United, he revealed he has a close personal link to an Ibrox terrace anthem.

"The song Simply the Best probably means more to me than some others," he said. "The fact that my grandad used to sing it to me when I was young and that point, there's connection for me personally with Rangers. To now be here, to hear that song being played and song at Ibrox every week is pretty, pretty special.

"Speaking to the club last year when joining Rangers was sort of a possibility, I watched a few games on TV and it happened to be the day that Tina Turner passed away. Rangers were playing that night.

"I watched it on TV and you could hear Simply the Best being played and I remember sending my mum a message about watching the game. The fact that all the Rangers fans were signing it and that's what they come out to.

"As that happened, the notifications came out that she (Turner) had passed away, so it was quite a surreal experience. but one that brings back a lot of positive memories and something that resonates with the family quite well."