Rangers player omitted from international squad ahead of high-profile fixtures
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Rangers player omitted from international squad ahead of high-profile matches

Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin has been omitted from the Scotland squad for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Denmark, Moldova and Austria.

A 26-man squad was announced on Tuesday afternoon and teenage Gers right-back Nathan Patterson was included.

Patterson will be hoping to add to his two senior Scotland caps in the World Cup qualifiers. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

There were also call-ups for former Gers players Liam Kelly and Billy Gilmour.


McLaughlin won’t be involved in the matches, though, with Zander Clark of St Johnstone receiving a maiden call-up to provide a third option in addition to Craig Gordon and Kelly.

The 33-year-old Ger has made three appearances so far this season and has only conceded one goal, keeping two clean sheets.

However, he did miss Sunday’s trip to Ross County in the Premiership due to what Steven Gerrard described as a ‘knock’ [RangersTV].

Rangers keeper McLaughlin was omitted from Steve Clarke’s latest Scotland squad. (Photo by ADAM JASTRZEBOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

At the time of writing, it was unclear if the injury was the reason behind his omission or if Steve Clarke – who has signed a contract extension until 2024 – was already planning on leaving him out.

McLaughlin had been a regular pick in Scotland squads up to and including Euro 2020 but he hasn’t actually featured for the national team since a 6-0 win over San Marino in October 2019.

UPDATE: Clarke has since confirmed that McLaughlin would have been selected but that Rangers said he was unavailable due to his injury [Scotsman].

If the ex-Hearts and Sunderland star’s injury is relatively significant, it could affect Rangers’ plans with a highly-rated 23-year-old.

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