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BIRM­ING­HAM boss Lee Clark claims the cap­ture of Dar­ren Ran­dolph eases the blow of los­ing Jack But­land this sum­mer.

But­land made the switch to Pre­mier League Stoke and Clark moved quickly to snap up Mother­well keeper Ran­dolph on a free trans­fer.

He’s made an im­pres­sive start to life at St An­drew’s, and Clark claims he can only im­prove the goal­keep­ing depart­ment with fel­low Ir­ish­man Colin Doyle also in their ranks.

“I’d be sur­prised if there’s two or three bet­ter ‘keep­ers in the Repub­lic than Dar­ren,” said Clark.

“He has been bril­liant, and what he has also done, in my opin­ion, is taken Colin Doyle to a new level as well.

“The train­ing, the tempo, the work, the per­for­mances that they are do­ing has been great.

“It’s the whole pack­age – the han­dling, the dis­tri­bu­tion, the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ob­vi­ously the saves. It’s there for all to see.

“For us to get him the way we did was a coup. There were Pre­mier League man­agers and goal­keeper coaches very sur­prised we got him here be­cause they thought he would go to the Pre­mier League. It was a top cap­ture for us.”

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