Rangers manager Michael Beale has given frozen-out Ibrox goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin his defiant backing after the victory over Dundee United.

The Ibrox gaffer has previously insisted that the goalkeeping position is not up for debate at Ibrox as fans try to push the club to make a signing in the position.

This is with Jon McLaughlin and veteran club legend Allan McGregor battling it out for the number one jersey, with Robby McCrorie having also been handed a new contract this season.

But high profile mistakes and a downturn in form have seen vociferous fans turn on the squad as a lack of harmony with the previous coaching staff is married with a clear crisis of confidence.

For Jon McLaughlin, the Scotland international goalkeeper’s moment of doubt came in the club’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Celtic at Parkhead earlier in the season.

The ordinarily reliable goalkeeper had his confidence shot to pieces by a horror show which saw him underperform at all four goals and also surrender the final effort with a slack pass.

Jon McLaughlin given Michael Beale backing by Rangers

Michael Beale has leapt to the defence of the goalkeeper and in a defiant message, insists that the stopper is loved following his performance in the 2-0 victory over Dundee United.

The Rangers boss is also clear he wants to change the “poor narrative” surrounding the keeper.

“Jon’s came off and he’s kept another clean sheet so I’m delighted for him personally as well,” said Beale [Rangers].

“I thought it might be a game where there’s a lot of setplays and it didn’t actually pan. Jon [McLaughlin] excels at that and I knew I was changing one or two other things as well so he gives us that extra little bit of height as a goalkeeper in terms of coming to claim it.

“But also I feel that Jon this year, the narrative around Jon is a poor narrative. In my time at the club previously and since I’ve been back Jon’s record per game in wins and clean sheets is absolutely outstanding.

“He made quite a high profile mistake but I don’t think we should condemn him. It’s important I keep Jon focused and feeling like he’s wanted and loved around here because he is.

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“I just had a hunch that in the build up I wanted Jon to play this game and he’s played it and we’ve won so now hopefully some of the fuss can go away.

“We win with Allan (McGregor) and we win with Jon (McLaughlin) and that’s a good sign.”

Rangers stopper Jon McLaughlin has played 44 games for the Gers since joining the club in 2020, conceding only 26 goals and keeping an outstanding 29 clean sheets.

Jon McLaughlin isn’t the only player going through a resurgence under Michael Beale either.

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