Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has admitted that he knew nothing of Jon McLaughlin, despite reports linking the former Sunderland goalkeeper with a move to the club.
Scottish Premiership side Rangers completed the free signing of McLaughlin earlier this week after the 32-year-old saw his contract come to an end at the Stadium of Light.
Whilst the Scottish stopper’s move back to his homeland developed quickly, links of a move to Blackburn had initially been reported prior to his exit.
The former Hearts goalkeeper returns to the Scottish Premiership after two seasons with the Black Cats in England’s third tier and he is now expected to play backup to Allan McGregor in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side.
Despite multiple links of a move to Blackburn, Rovers boss Mowbray has now admitted that he knew little about McLaughlin.
“I think that was very much agent driven – he’d never been on my radar to be honest,” Mowbray said, speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph.
“I hear these things, people tell me, my head of recruitment tells me when these snippets are in the papers or on websites.
“I didn’t even know the name until last week when he was mentioned to me, I hadn’t sat and watched him, I hadn’t started preparing things.
“With total respect to him, I didn’t know him, I’m sure he’s a very good goalie, but he was never on our radar.”
Sunderland will now look to find an adequate replacement for McLaughlin and they have recently been linked with a move for their former goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.
McLaughlin’s exit from Sunderland means that Phil Parkinson will have his work cut out to find a good replacement.
It does seem like Mowbray’s words are true as Rangers seemingly tied up a deal quicker than usual, meaning Blackburn’s interest was minimal, if there even was any.
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