Four Rangers players ruled out v Napoli as Jon McLaughlin joins growing list - BBC Sport
Jon McLaughlin has joined Tom Lawrence, Ianis Hagi and Filip Helander in being ruled out of Rangers’ Champions League showdown with Napoli at Ibrox on Wednesday, according to BBC Sport.
The broadcaster does, however, have some good news in that James Tavernier and Ben Davies should be fit to play while Ibrox hero Allan McGregor is expected to replace McLaughlin in goals.
McLaughlin is injured, Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed on Tuesday (13 September), while Napoli will be without Victor Osimhen due to a thigh injury.
Good news or bad?
It’s good news.
We don’t want to wish injury on any of our players but McLaughlin being taken out of the firing line can only be a good thing for Rangers as a whole, as well as the underperforming goalkeeper himself.
He’s had a very dismal season so far and it begs the question why Ross Wilson thought a former Burton Albion goalkeeper would be good enough to be our number one this term.
Why keep McGregor, at the age of 40, for another year for him to be second choice?
If the club wants to keep McGregor, they should have binned off McLaughlin and signed a good, younger goalkeeper with the plan of him giving us a decade’s worth of service.
McLaughlin’s performances this season have been woeful and while a cold-gloved, 40-year-old McGregor might not be much better – he cannot be worse.
Lawrence’s injury is a blow but there’s good news, at least, about Tavernier and Davies so we can maybe stop pretending James Sands is a long-term solution as our left-sided centre-back.
In other Rangers news, UEFA have responded to a request from Ibrox and a journalist has mooted a potential fine.