Former Rangers captain Lee Wallace was forced to go in goal for Queen’s Park Rangers last night after Scotland international David Marshall appeared to pull his hamstring with QPR having already used all of their substitutions.
As last night’s Championship clash with Nottingham Forest was coming to an end, Marshall signalled to the bench that he couldn’t continue, with Wallace stepping up to don the gloves for Mark Warburton’s side.
With QPR 3-1 down, Wallace managed to avoid conceding in his brief spell between the sticks – and the injury to Marshall could open the door for Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin to win a recall to the Scotland squad.
McLaughlin was left out of the squad for the games against Poland and Wales or Austria later this month, with Marshall recalled ahead of the Ibrox star.
However, with Marshall now likely to face a spell on the sidelines, McLaughlin is likely to be top of the queue to replace him – although St Johnstone’s Zander Clark has also been touted as a potential replacement.
McLaughlin has had to bide his time for regular minutes, appearing mainly in the domestic cups this season as Allan McGregor clings on to his number one status.
Despite being a regular in the Scotland squad for a number of years, McLaughlin still only has two caps to his name.
With the keeper likely to be Rangers’ first-choice next season, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not he is viewed as more of a contender to Craig Gordon for the national team.
If McLaughlin is added to the squad, he’ll join Rangers teammate Ryan Jack in the squad for the March 24 clash with Poland and the game against the loser of Wales v Austria on 29 March.
Meanwhile, the scale of Rangers’ achievements in European competition is highlighted by the latest results in the Champions League.