Rangers are stuck with Jon McLaughlin for the foreseeable future after it was confirmed by Ibrox Noise sources that the club has had no enquiries for the goalkeeper whatsoever and short of him accepting a ‘mutual consent’ there is no way to shift him off the wage bill and free his slot.
Rangers currently have four goalkeepers, and while Robby McCrorie has told management he wants minutes or he will leave, he along with McLaughlin and Kieran Wright (and obviously Butland) remain on the payroll and mean the position is extremely bloated with a real lack of quality.
Top clubs usually have three solid options – the first choice, the deputy, and the reserve – in theory Rangers have that, with Butland, McCrorie and Wright, but McLaughlin’s continuing presence in there and McCrorie’s demands to play mean the situation is a bit messier at Ibrox than it should be.
And there is definitively zero interest in McLaughlin – absolutely no one wants him, which only highlights further what a diabolical decision it was from Ross Wilson to reward him with an extension to his deal.
What really struck us about this extension was the length. Not just one year, but two, which absolutely no one else has been rewarded with, including Allan McGregor and Ryan Jack – but yes Ross, let’s reward arguably our worst-ever goalie with a 24-month extension. That makes perfect sense.
So he will only be out of contract next summer, and unless he accepts a contract termination (mutual consent) Rangers will not be relieved of him for another full year.
Because we cannot see any mugs coming in and giving us money to get this guy off our hands.
Thank you Ross Wilson, aside his work with Calvin Bassey (another story about that one coming up too) an unmitigated fail of a Sporting Director who did little but cost us a tonne of money and injected such expensive chafe on our squad.
Ben Davies and Rabbi Matondo anyone?