As Rangers ran out 3-0 winners in Livingston the understated performance of goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was almost symbolic of his contribution to the club this season.

Quiet, comfortable but above all else, Ready when called upon.

The goalkeeper rushed out early to close down a Livi attack filled with promise, his robust frame blocking an effort and keeping a clean sheet intact.

As the match would progress, McLaughlin, 33, would continue to be involved but Livi spurned a host of chances and the ex-Hearts and Sunderland stopper was on hand to mop up.

McLaughlin is – by anyone’s reckoning – the second-best goalkeeper not just at Rangers but in the country.

Allan McGregor, despite being 39, continues to astound and is capable of the truly world-class and magnificent, especially when donning a Rangers jersey.

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But McLaughlin has shown himself very much to be an able deputy and impressed so much in the early part of the season there were questions regarding the number one slot.

McGregor would go on to answer them, but McLaughlin’s time out of the side has done little to dampen his enthusiasm or eagerness to impress when it gets between the sticks.

McLaughlin will go into next season once again deputising for McGregor when called upon but should the Gers #1 choose to hang up his gloves at the end of the next campaign, a replacement at least in the short-term is lying in wait.

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McLaughlin – signed on a free after his contract expired at English League One Sunderland – played in six of the seven matches at the beginning of the season which beat a 114-year-old clean sheet record run at the beginning of the season. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Scotland international keeper has shown himself to be a capable goalkeeper, commanding presence and to top it all off, a bargain signing from the third tier of English football

Rangers fans were buzzing with the new deal for Ibrox legend Greegsy with manager Steven Gerrard joking the club would give him a 10-year contract if he’d take it.

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