Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin said it was “fantastic” to make his first Europa League appearance for the club against Lech Poznan on Thursday.
The 33-year-old arrived at the club from Sunderland in June and has made nine appearances in the league so far this season (via WhoScored).
However, the Scotland international was making his first appearance in European football and described the match as a “momento” in his career.
“It was great,” he told RangersTV after the game.
“It is another memento in your career and to chalk something like that up is fantastic for me personally. More importantly though, it is for the team, and for there to be changes again but to see that it hasn’t weakened the team, and we can still come to very tough European nights like that and get the job done.
“So I am sure for the gaffer and for the staff as well it is very pleasing that they can make those changes and see that they have got a very strong squad, not just an 11.”
Despite the fact that McLaughlin has conceded just two goals since his arrival at the club, 38-year-old Allan McGregor has been Steven Gerrard’s first choice in recent weeks.
However, the former England man has been willing to rotate and as the second choice option, McLaughlin has been given plenty of opportunities to play.
Against Lech Poznan, he only had to make two saves but made light work of it on each occasion and looked at home between the sticks on a big European night. His passing was also excellent, with the Scot completing 18 of 22 attempted passes and providing a capable option for his defenders throughout (via WhoScored).
Given McGregor’s pedigree, McLaughlin will likely understand why he has been cast as the second choice so far this season, but with the stopper having his own Scotland ambitions, he clearly wants more chances.
Speaking to Sky Sports last weeks he said: “Of course I want to be playing as regularly as possible.”
While he had little to do against Lech Poznan, he did those aims no harm at all.
In other Rangers news, three things we learned v Lech Poznan