By Jason Jones

9th Aug, 2020 | 8:44pm

Rangers boss Gerrard provides update on McGregor fitness

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has provided an update on goalkeeper Allan McGregor’s fitness situation. 

The veteran stopper missed out on the 3-0 win over St. Mirren on Sunday afternoon, with summer signing Jon McLaughlin deputising in his absence.

McGregor picked up a knock during the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in midweek.

But his boss is hopeful that he should be available for Wednesday’s clash against St. Johnstone.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “Allan had a bang on Thursday and is going in for a scan tomorrow just to get that checked out.

“I don’t think it’s anything serious. I suspect he’ll be available for Wednesday night.

“But Jon has done fantastic. It was a really strong debut. He came for one cross he might regret coming for, but he got a clean sheet and was really positive in everything he did. I thought it was a strong performance from him.

“We have two keepers who are capable of being number one and that’s the way I want it.”

Obviously, it’s a shame to see McGregor sidelined, but there are few, if any, clubs in Scotland who can boast a number two as accomplished or assured as McLaughlin.

The 32-year-old made his third appearance for the Gers today, if you count his preseason outings too, and he is still yet to concede a goal.

He also boasts impressive kicking attributes.

Against Lyon, for example, McLaughlin completed 100% of his short passes, and had a long pass completion rate of 83%, as per Wyscout.

To put that number in perspective, it’s 19.4% higher than McGregor’s season average.

You would assume that McGregor will come back into the side on Wednesday if he is fit, but Gerrard has got good options at his disposal if not.

In other Rangers news, Darren Fletcher has backed this Gers talent for big season in 20/21 after impressive showing v Aberdeen.