Alan Hutton has told Football Insider that Jon McLaughin has had his head turned by Glasgow Rangers following his arrival at Ibrox.
The 32-year-old completed a switch to the 54-time Scottish champions on Tuesday and will now become Allan McGregor’s deputy between the sticks. The former Sunderland shot-stopper is a two-time Scotland international and conceded just 27 goals in 32 matches for the Black Cats in League One last term.
Hutton has been talking about the transfer and said to Football Insider:
“He obviously knows the Scottish league, he’s been capped for Scotland a few times so I think he’s got that experience and knowledge of the Scottish game.
“He’s been down south for a long time, Sunderland are a massive club as well so he understands what the pressure’s like.
“As it stands, Allan McGregor’s going to be the number one, no questions asked, we don’t really need to think about that. Can he go from being a number one to a number two and only playing the odd games?
“It’s a massive draw to come to Rangers, it’s another huge club – it was definitely one that’s turned his head.”
McGregor is still the first choice option and that is unlikely to change in the immediate future, but it will be interesting to see whether £293,000-valued McLaughlin can put any pressure on the 38-year-old in that respect. Wes Foderingham was the previous backup option and he made just 13 appearances under Steven Gerrard before being released last month.
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Therefore, McLaughlin has a job on his hands to earn a regular first team spot, but there is no doubt that it is a huge opportunity for him after making the switch from a third-tier outfit. It remains to be seen what influence he can have on the ‘Gers over the coming season.
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