Rangers completed their fourth signing of summer yesterday when Jon McLaughlin completed his move from Sunderland – and Gers fans on Twitter were surprised to see the club confirm the 32-year-old’s arrival.
McLaughlin turned down the offer of a new deal at Sunderland to move to Ibrox and challenge Allan McGregor for the gloves as Steven Gerrard prepares for his third season in charge.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 23, 2020
Gerrard was delighted to land the former Hearts keeper after losing Wes Foderingham over the summer and insists the Scotland international will strengthen his squad.
“Jon is a vastly experienced professional who will add strength and depth to our squad,” Gerrard told Rangers TV.
“He is here to compete for the number one shirt and will add much-needed competition for places. He was involved in playoffs with Sunderland and will thrive on the pressurised environment at Ibrox.
“His experience in the SPFL will stand by him as he continues to fight for a place in the Scotland squad.”
The veteran keeper has made over 400 senior appearances and picked up the first of two Scotland caps in a 1-0 defeat against Mexico in June 2018.
Rangers fans on Twitter were delighted to see the club continue to do business in the transfer market – although few were expecting to see McLaughlin arrive at the club.
Here are some of the comments from fans on Twitter:
Really didn’t see that one coming
— Jack Bellamy (@jackbellamy17) June 23, 2020
love this signing players with no advance notice, keep it up Rangers🙌🏻
— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) June 23, 2020
Good signing 👏👏
— Ingenious Ninja Film Company (@NinjaMan54) June 23, 2020
Very decent GK and will be a great understudy for Allan McGregor. I’m a little bit surprised, given all the noise, that it’s not Hladky but I did mention Jon McLaughlin in my GK review. Welcome to the party 🇬🇧https://t.co/WI0vcdYf3f
— Still staying at home every other Saturday (@CF3Loyal) June 23, 2020
— Jamie 🇬🇧🇹🇩 (@Hagi_SZN) June 23, 2020
Superb work again 👏🏻
— Ross Clark (@RossCIark72) June 23, 2020
— Jory Kinney (@JoryKinney) June 23, 2020
Not a sniff of tbis from the club until now…. pic.twitter.com/FCtQ9H2UhI
— Matt McGuire (@MattMcGuire92) June 23, 2020