Scottish Premiership side Rangers have completed the signing of Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.
Failure to gain promotion to the Championship this summer for the second successive season will now see Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson looking to enhance his squad in the summer transfer window. The Black Cats’ are expected to undergo wholesome changes and one of those will be to replace McLaughlin, whose contract was set to expire at the end of June.
Championship side Blackburn Rovers had shown brief interest in the ‘keeper but the 32-year-old Scotland international has now made a move back to his homeland.
The former Hearts ‘keeper returns to the Scottish Premiership after two seasons with Sunderland in England’s third tier and he is now expected to challenge Allan McGregor in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side.
“It’s a very proud moment for myself and for the family,” said McLaughlin.
“Knowing what a massive club it is, and speaking with the manager and his staff, and knowing the vision and the direction they have, the opportunity to be a part of that and hopefully be a part of something special here was what sold it to me.”
McLaughlin will act as a direct replacement at Ibrox for both Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick, who left Rangers this summer.
McLaughlin’s exit is not ideal for Sunderland and Parkinson will now be forced to bring in an assured option, with backup ‘keeper Lee Burge now the only netminder in the Black Cats’ first team squad.
One thing Parkinson needs to ensure this summer is that he makes the right decisions when it comes to transfer moves, and in such an important area as the number one spot, he has to ensure the best possible signing is made.
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