By Mike Slater

28th Sep, 2021 | 7:30pm

Alan Rough slams Scotland inclusion of Jon McLaughlin over Zander Clark

Alan Rough has slammed the decision of Steve Clarke to call up Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin over Zander Clarke.

The St Johnstone stopper was included in the previous Scotland squad due to the COVID-19 crisis at Ibrox, and that has now stopped.

Rough questioned the decision and hinted that he would have left McLaughlin out for Clark this month.

Speaking on PLZ Soccer this afternoon, Rough labelled the announcement as “diabolical.”

“I think the Zander Clark thing is diabolical,” he said.

“I think he’s been absolutely outstanding for the last six months, and to be in the squad and then just be brought out because of McLaughlin’s had a couple of games.

“It’s a hard one to take.”


If there was one keeper to drop out of the squad, it would likely be Liam Kelly, let’s all be honest.

Clarke has consistently selected McLaughlin in recent years as one of his three, and his omission last time was out of his hands.

The stopper is playing more this season under Steven Gerrard and ahead of Allan McGregor in the Scottish Premiership.

Adding to that, his clean sheet total is rising by the week and he pulled off an impressive penalty save under pressure against Dundee last weekend.

Callum Davidson can say all he wants in the reaction to this, but it won’t change much and this decision.

McLaughlin has earned this, and his omission in the last squad has nothing to do with this latest announcement, it is time to move on.

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