By Mike Slater

12th Jun, 2021 | 8:15am

Barry Ferguson thrilled by rarely-seen Rangers ace Jon McLaughlin

Barry Ferguson has been blown away by Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin this season, despite his lack of action.

Allan McGregor has been the mainstay number one at Ibrox for some years, and will continue into next season after signing his new deal.

McLaughlin has only been used sparingly in all competitions, making only nine appearances in the Scottish Premiership.

Writing in his Daily Record column predicting what the Scotland starting XI will look like against the Czech Republic, Ferguson waxed lyrical over McLaughlin.

“Look at the goalkeeping department where we have three absolutely top-class keepers,” he wrote.

“Believe me, Jon McLaughlin is top drawer and was exceptional whenever he played for Rangers this season.

“But Steve will probably choose between David Marshall and Craig Gordon.”

Crazy.

It seems crazy that after the year we have had in Scotland, that there is likely to be zero Bears representation in the first starting XI.

Ryan Jack stood an excellent chance if he wasn’t injured, and it appears as though McLaughlin and Nathan Patterson will be on the bench.

Ferguson found no room for the right-back either, insisting that it will be Stephen O’Donnell starting down that side of the pitch.

McLaughlin did only concede three goals in his nine appearances, keeping seven clean sheets along the way, more than some manager across a full campaign.

The 33-year-old has been perfect for Steven Gerrard since arriving, and it would be brilliant to see him handed at least one start by Steve Clarke, we cross our fingers.

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