By Peter Lynch

7th Jun, 2023 | 7:10am

Jon McLaughlin now told he can leave Rangers as Jack Butland signing complete

Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has been told he can leave if he found himself a new club, according to the Daily Record.

The update on his Gers career comes after the club secured the signature of fellow goalkeeper Jack Butland on a pre-contract agreement.

Butland will join the Ibrox outfit from Crystal Palace on 1 July on a four-year deal, as confirmed by the official Rangers Twitter account.

“Despite Robby McCrorie being offered a chance to impress, Beale wanted an experienced option to call on as his first choice,” according to the Daily Record.

“And after negotiations with the former England international, Butland will be between the sticks in Govan for the upcoming campaign and beyond. 

“McCrorie will likely be promoted to second choice after Jon McLaughlin was told he could leave if he found himself a new club.”

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Time to go

McLaughlin has been a great servant to the Gers, with the goalkeeper making plenty of memories during his time at the Ibrox outfit.

But there were always going to be changes in the immediate aftermath of the latest campaign, and they always looked like involving McLaughlin, who watched on as both Allan McGregor and McCrorie were handed minutes by Michael Beale.

The former shot-stopper may hang up his gloves after being let go by the club following the expiry of his contract, while the latter goalkeeper looks set to stay at Ibrox after impressing in the latter stages of the campaign.

It is, however, new arrival Butland that looks very likely to swoop straight in and land the number one jersey for the new campaign.

His signature is a very exciting one for everyone associated with the club, and signals a real intent from Beale at just how much he wants to improve the Gers this summer.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have made a “significant” seven-figure bid for one European-based striker.