Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Allan McGregor will miss Rangers’ trip to Livingston on Sunday, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

Earlier on Friday, the manager ruled Leon Balogun out of contention for the fixture due to a quad strain sustained against St Johnstone in midweek [Rangers FC Twitter].

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Leon Balogun will miss Rangers’ trip to St Johnstone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But he’s not the only key player on the sidelines, with McGregor still nursing the problem that has kept him out since the Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

Gerrard said ahead of the Saints match that his no.1 keeper would likely be fine for the weekend [Scottish Herald], but it seems he’s taking longer to recover from his knock than first expected.

“We have two very good goalies vying for No1. – Allan is still injured and will miss the weekend so it’s another opportunity for Jon to impress,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

“It will be a headache I have wanted for a long time. I have wanted two strong keepers battling for that jersey.”

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Allan McGregor is also out of the fixture with an injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McGregor latest key Rangers player ruled out of Livingston clash – Verdict

Being without Allan McGregor for the third consecutive league game isn’t ideal for Rangers.

The 38-year-old veteran has been a very consistent performer since his return to the club in the summer of 2018, pulling off big saves and rarely making mistakes.

Jon McLaughlin’s presence softens the blow, though.

The former Hearts and Sunderland keeper impressed in pre-season and carried that form over to his first two competitive appearances against St Mirren and St Johnstone.

At 6ft 3″, the Scotland international brings a commanding physical presence and he’s pulled off some strong stops already. He’ll be hoping to bag his third consecutive clean sheet on Sunday.

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