By Sam Stone

6th Sep, 2022 | 1:10pm

Alan Rough: Rangers Champions League axe could be the end for Jon McLaughlin at Ibrox

Alan Rough believes that Jon McLaughlin’s Ibrox career could be over if Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst drops him for the Champions League opener against Ajax.

The 34-year-old has been Rangers’ first choice for the start of the 2022/23 campaign but endured a torrid time in the 4-0 Old Firm defeat on Saturday against Celtic (3 September).

McLaughlin was at fault for David Turnbull’s second-half strike and could’ve done better with Celtic’s opening goal.

Rough feels that if he is dropped it could well be the beginning of the end for the Rangers shot-stopper.

Talking on PLZ Soccer Youtube channel [18:15], Rough said: “The pressure is on and if he drops him [McLaughlin] it could be the end and we’ve seen it before in Old Firm games.

“If he drops him [for Ajax], he is blaming him for that result and McLaughlin is in there because he has been playing well. There’s a reason why McGregor isn’t playing and you’ll have to ask the manager that.

“It’s a big, big call for van Bronckhorst to make.”

McGregor or McLaughlin?

When Allan McGregor signed his new contract with Rangers in the summer, the 40-year-old probably had no intention of being the number two, especially after his 2021/22 season for the Gers.

It is clear now that he probably has to be recalled to the starting lineup after McLaughlin’s latest horror show on the biggest stage of them all.

Van Bronckhorst’s side have looked far from convincing defensively all season and not having a goalkeeper that can be 100 per cent trusted could well be having an impact.

Recalling McGregor could be a smart move by the Dutchman so that McLaughlin can be taken out of the firing line for a couple of matches.

If he remains in goal and makes another mistake against the Eredivisie giants then he could well be at a point of no return at the club.

Luckily for van Bronckhorst, he does have McGregor to call upon and can trust the veteran keeper to put in a dependable display for Rangers should he be required.

In other Rangers news, this summer recruit has been highlighted as the one to watch at Ibrox when the Champions League kicks off.