By Doug Ward

4th Sep, 2022 | 12:36pm

Gary Keown blasts Jon McLaughlin after Rangers 'shocker' in 4-0 defeat v Celtic

Scottish Daily Mail journalist Gary Keown has slammed Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin for his woeful performance against Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday.

Ange Postecoglou’s side continued their 100 per cent start to the Scottish Premiership season with a 4-0 thumping of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s hapless Gers on 3 September.

McLaughlin, 34, has replaced Allan McGregor as number one goalkeeper this season but he’s was responsible for conceding the majority of Celtic’s goals in the first edition of this season’s Old Firm.

Keown has suggested van Bronckhorst could look to axe McLaughlin soon and recall McGregor, 40, to the starting line-up.

Writing for the Scottish Mail on Sunday on 4 September (page 151), Keown said: “A shocker. One goal through his hand, another through his legs and then he giftwraps the fourth.

“What price Allan McGregor in goal soon?”


If anyone has ever thought that McLaughlin is good enough to be the number one goalkeeper for Rangers Football Club, they’re having a laugh.

Where on earth does the former Burton Albion, Bradford and Sunderland goalkeeper fit in with the likes of McGregor, Andy Goram, Chris Woods, Stefan Flos and Billy Ritchie?

He’s absolutely nowhere near them.

McLaughlin has spent most of his career playing in England’s League One and League Two. He’s played just 50 times in top-flight football – in the Scottish Premiership – and he’s 34 years old.

McGregor may be turning 41 soon but the fact he was offered a new deal to be demoted behind McLaughlin is humiliating for him.

If the Gers wanted McGregor to stay but as a second-choice goalkeeper, they should have at least looked at bringing in a young, up-and-coming shot-stopper who can play as number one while learning from Greegsie.

Yet again, Ross Wilson’s recruitment has let the club down massively.

While he did well to get the money he did for Nathan Patterson, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, the way it’s been invested back in the squad is appalling.

There aren’t many players in this squad who should be offered new contracts now.

We need a big overhaul.

In other Rangers news, it’s been mooted that van Bronckhorst is fighting for his job at Ibrox.