Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has sung the praises of Ibrox and Scotland international teammate Jon McLaughlin for his role in the club’s record-breaking clean sheet run.
The big stopper has been a surprise revelation between the sticks and in keeping number one keeper Allan McGregor out has helped Rangers to six straight clean sheets on the bounce.
Now Jack is backing his Ibrox colleague to go on and make the Scotland number one jersey his own with the international spot up for grabs for the matches with Israel and the Czech Republic.
McLaughlin will do battle with young Ger and Livingston loanee Robby McCrorie and Scotland veteran David Marshall for the spot.
“Jon has been excellent. Greegsy had a knock and that is how Jon has got his chance and he has been excellent,” said Jack [Herald].
“I had been in squads before with Jon so I knew what he was capable of and I am sure he will be pushing and trying to be number one.
“But David Marshall has been a very strong goalkeeper over the years and I am sure he will want to be number one as well.
“It is tough competition all over the pitch and that is the way it should be at international level.
“I don’t know if it really affects goalkeepers that much how much football they play.
“The only thing I can say is that I have played with both internationally and now Jon at club level and they are both top, top goalkeepers.
“I am sure they will both be fighting to get the number one spot.”
Rangers signed Jon McLaughlin in the summer after his contract expired at Sunderland and the former Hearts man is already proving an inspired signing by Steven Gerrard and his team.