By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

21st Jan, 2023 | 9:10am

Michael Beale to axe Jon McLaughlin for Rangers showdown v St Johnstone in Scottish Cup - pundit

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Michael Beale will drop Jon McLaughlin again as he continues to rotate his goalkeepers for Rangers’ Scottish Cup meeting with St Johnstone, according to Tam McManus.

The Light Blues travel to Perth in good form to play the Saints on Saturday (21 January) in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Beale is yet to taste defeat as Rangers manager, winning seven and drawing one of his eight matches in charge since replacing Giovanni van Bronckhorst during the World Cup break.

However, the former QPR manager has caused some rumblings at Ibrox since his return with his decision to rotate goalkeepers certainly causing a stir.

McLaughlin, 35, has played in three matches since Beale was appointed while Allan McGregor has played five times.

On Wednesday night (18 January), McLaughlin was culpable of an error that led to Kilmarnock taking the lead before the Gers eventually won 3-2 at Rugby Park.

McManus doesn’t quite get the need to rotate goalkeepers but he expects Beale to axe McLaughin on Saturday at McDiarmid Park in favour of 40-year-old McGregor.

Speaking to Ibrox News, McManus said: “It’s very unusual to see goalkeepers getting rotated. It’s not something I’ve ever seen, to be honest.

Beale’s come in and played McLaughlin against Dundee United, then McGregor in the semi-final [against Aberden] and then McLaughlin against Kilmarnock.

He’s then thinking about McGregor coming back in at the weekend [against St Johnstone].

I think that’s the only position you can’t rotate. You have to have a goalkeeper set in place so he can build up a good relationship with what’s happening.

I don’t quite think Beale’s made his mind up on who’s number one, he’s trying to figure that out.

McLaughlin was poor against Kilmarnock so I think McGregor will come back in at the weekend.

I don’t understand the rotating situation and I think a lot of people will be puzzled as well.”

In other Rangers news, the Gers want to offer a four-and-a-half-year contract to seal the signing of this European ace.