Journalist: Rangers must sign a new goalkeeper after another Jon McLaughlin 'calamity'
Rangers Review journalist Jonny McFarlane believes Rangers need to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer after Jon McLaughlin’s “4/10” performance in the 2-1 win over Ross County.
The Gers have seen plenty of goalkeeping rotation so far this season with Allan McGregor and McLaughlin sharing the shot-stopping duties amid the uncertain future of the former, who sees his contract expire this summer.
McGregor has featured 23 times this season, and McLaughlin has played 16, while the latter’s start against Ross County on Saturday afternoon was his first time back in the Scottish Premiership after sitting out the last two games.
The 35-year-old has made some costly errors this campaign, his previous mistake coming in the 3-2 win over Kilmarnock [18 January] which brought plenty of criticism and he certainly hasn’t stopped there with another “calamity” against Ross County.
Writing in his player ratings after the 2-1 win on The Rangers Review [4 February], McFarlane left a rather scathing assessment of McLaughlin’s 4/10 performance, as well as his goalkeeping qualities.
He said: “Spoiled his performance with a calamity in dealing with a ball into the box. Not for the first time this season, the experienced keeper was caught in no man’s land at a cross and Jordan White profited with an easy header.
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“If he had stayed on his line rather than coming and missing the ball, it would have been a simple save. Nearly had another disaster, a carbon copy of the first, in the 91st minute. The goalkeeper position continues to be an area of major concern that will have to be rectified in the summer. 4.”
GK rebuild required
With McGregor set to leave Ibrox come the end of the season, the No 1 shirt is completely up for grabs, and McLaughlin certainly isn’t the man to fill the void.
The 35-year-old has been given plenty of opportunities to impress Michael Beale this season but has failed to stake a claim as McGregor’s long-term successor which is incredibly disappointing.
Beale has been rather spotless during his impressive spell as Rangers boss so far, but one glaring mistake that may cost him is his strange constant chopping and changing of his old goalkeeping guards.
The club have already undergone an impressive rebuild under the former Queens Park Rangers manager, and the goalkeeping department should indeed be the main priority of addressing this summer.
If the Gers are to challenge consistently at the top of the tree in future, they’ll certainly need a much younger and hungrier option next season.
In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit has scoffed at “cancel culture” after the fallout from criticism of a Gers ace.