Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin has set his sights on replacing Allan McGregor as the number one at Ibrox next season as the veteran insists he will do “everything” to become first-choice for Gio van Bronckhorst’s side.
McLaughlin has had to be patient since arriving at Ibrox almost two years ago and the Scotland squad keeper admits he has always been aiming to usurp McGregor and take his place in the starting XI.
With McGregor likely to call it quits and retire this summer, McLaughlin could finally get his chance as number one at Ibrox after the summer.
“That was the intention when I came to the club. I’ve never signed anywhere, at any club, to be a backup goalkeeper or to just sit and be happy with that. I want to be playing games and be a first-choice goalkeeper,” McLaughlin said [Four Lads Had A Dream].
“Obviously, the situation here I’ve been delighted to join a massive club and I’ve pushed as hard as I can to always be in a position to play games whenever I am needed. That will always continue to be the case, I don’t know what will happen going forward but in terms of my own ambition then yes I want to play as many games as possible and I’ll continue to do everything in my power to be ready for that situation.
“From there we will see what comes of it but I’m delighted to be here and part of this club, if this is the way that the club is headed then it’s a great place to be.”
McLaughlin faces huge challenge if he becomes Rangers number one
If McGregor does retire in the summer, Rangers will likely be in the market to add another shotstopper to the ranks at Ibrox.
That will make things a little harder for McLaughlin but the former Hearts and Sunderland star has shown he’s more than capable of performing.
Being the man to replace McGregor between the sticks permanently will be a massive task for any keeper though and it’ll be interesting to follow just what happens this summer.