A new deal is surely imminent for Jon McLaughlin, who has been given a surprisingly significant role at Rangers during the opening months of the season.
When McLaughlin signed on a free in the summer of 2020 following a stint at Sunderland, he was joining as Allan McGregor’s backup.
Steven Gerrard spoke of increased competition between the sticks but although McGregor had injury problems at the beginning of last season, everyone knew who the real no.1 was.
Now, things have shifted somewhat and it looks very much like the Gers are planning for the future.
McLaughlin and McGregor have each played six matches across all competitions so far this season, with the former picked for the past two and keeping clean sheets in both.
With 39-year-old McGregor unlikely to go on beyond this season, it looks very much like the coaching staff are giving McLaughlin a chance to prove that he has what it takes to be an Ibrox no.1.
So far, it’s a test that he’s passing with flying colours and as a result, a new deal is surely imminent.
The Edinburgh-born keeper is currently only tied down until the end of the season and although Academy graduate Robby McCrorie is waiting patiently in the background, the Light Blues won’t want to lose their two senior keepers at the same time.
At 34, the former Hearts and Bradford City star still has at least a few more years left in him and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he continued on at Ibrox for several seasons after McGregor calls it quits, initially as no.1, before making way for McCrorie.
There’s certainly a sense that players have to earn contract extensions at Rangers right now, but that’s something McLaughlin has done and it would be no surprise if an announcement was just around the corner.
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