Richard Foster delivers verdict on unhappy Rangers duo after win v Ross County
Richard Foster believes Jon McLaughlin and Allan McGregor won’t be enjoying the constant rotation from Michael Beale after Rangers’ 2-1 win over Ross County.
McLaughlin was given the nod against Malky Mackay’s side but failed to claim a cross in the lead-up to County’s equalising goal.
Foster feels the situation in between the sticks is something the Light Blues’ boss will have to look at.
“Who am I to question Michael Beale and the way he picks his team but I am pretty sure neither goalkeeper is enjoying it at the moment being in and out of the team,” said Foster (BBC Sportscene, 47m 55s, 4 February).
“McLaughlin was brought in because he was good at crossed balls a few games ago and since then he’s had a few incidents like that where he misjudged the flight of the ball and a player gets in ahead of him.
“That’s something he will personally need to address and Beale will need to look at.”
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The goalkeeping situation is probably the one area of Beale’s squad which urgently needs to be strengthened when the summer transfer window opens. McGregor is almost certainly playing in his last full season and McLaughlin is also entering the latter stages of his career.
A younger keep simply has to come through the door as a longer-term option. Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford has been linked with a move to Ibrox, and the 21-year-old would be an excellent addition if the club could finance a move.
He’s been enjoying a superb campaign for Bolton Wanderers in League One and would provide some much-needed stability. It’s clear Beale is trying to keep McGregor and McLaughlin happy, but the chopping and changing could prove to be a risk.
McLaughlin was partly at fault for Ross County’s equaliser and had the Gers not gone on to snatch a late winner, it could well have been a fatal blow to their title hopes.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton lets rip at Beale for Old Firm comments live on BT Sport.