The second big dilemma Steven Gerrard faces this weekend is whether to continue with the solid Jon McLaughlin in goal, fresh from his Scotland call up, or whether to restore Allan McGregor to his rightful place in between the sticks.
We’ve been here before – Alex McLeish of course signed Ronald Watterreus and the Dutchman kept his place over Stefan Klos even when he returned from injury.
It was a source of much division.
The principle is to surely play your best players – but what of form? Does that not count.
Gerrard said it himself – he won’t pick based on name or reputation, which can only mean McGregor will not regain his place unless McLaughlin’s displays dip and he loses his.
Which means Allan McGregor is now going to learn how Wes Foderingham felt after being dumped to the bench on the arrival of Rangers’ new goalie in 2018.
In many ways, it’s the right call – McLaughlin has been completely reliable and Rangers haven’t conceded a goal. McGregor should not just walk straight back in despite the fact he is the best goalie at the club.
If he walks straight in, then players will get complacent that they don’t have to earn places, and can just stroll their way back into the XI.
Of course, we know James Tavernier and Connor Goldson are exceptions to this rule of fairness, for whatever reason if fit they play guaranteed and are 100% Gerrard stalwarts.
But aside them, aside that aberration, Gerrard now appears to be rigidly selecting based on form and earning.
And there’s no doubt McLaughlin deserves to hold onto this place.
Up to him to keep it that way.