Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin was once again a frustrated spectator as he remained on the bench for the full 90 minutes as Scotland’s World Cup 2022 hopes took another major dent in last night’s 1-1 draw in Israel.

Derby County’s David Marshall was given the nod between the sticks for Steve Clarke’s side, who fell behind to Dor Peretz’s long-range rocket a minute before the break.

Scotland Training Session

McLaughlin during a Scotland training session  (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ryan Fraser equalised ten minutes after the restart but having drawn their opening two games, Scotland have it all to do if they are to have any hope of reaching next year’s finals in Qatar.

McLaughlin has only won a couple of caps for Scotland and his inactivity for Rangers probably hasn’t helped his case in terms of the national team number one spot.


With Scotland facing the Faroes in their final game of the international break this week, the Ibrox shotstopper could be given a rare chance to impress – although he’ll likely have to watch from the stands again.

SL Benfica v Rangers: Group D - UEFA Europa League

McLaughlin looks on during warm up prior to the UEFA Europa League Group D stage match between SL Benfica and Rangers(Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

After ten clean sheets in his eleven appearances for Rangers this season, he’s shown he is a more-than-reliable deputy for Allan McGregor and he might even challenge for a regular start next season.

Meanwhile, a fellow Rangers star’s World Cup hopes have been boosted after a second consecutive impressive international display.

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