Rangers have reportedly rejected offers for Jon McLaughlin, the club valuing the ex-Sunderland stopper at a modest six-figure sum but no one yet matching that level.
Rangers are ready to let the former Scotland man go, with Robby McCrorie’s exit quieting down and it becoming clear to the 25-year-old that he is absolutely second in line behind Jack Butland, and this may be enough to sate him for now.
But the second-in-line still wants to play and if a good offer comes in for him, he will reluctantly leave but for now, he’s happy to wait and see. We believe he will play in the domestic cups.
As for McLaughlin, the club’s reasons for rejecting offers are both based on McCrorie’s situation and the board’s valuation. If we sell McLaughlin, then McCrorie is the only backup, and his situation could change at any moment if any ideal offer arrive.
Kieran Wright is not considered deputy material.
So as things stand, Rangers are in a pickle – the club wants to ship out McLaughlin but doesn’t want to be short in the event of McCrorie also moving on, so for now we are status quo.
That said if any club does meet the valuation on McLaughlin Rangers will let him go regardless, albeit many fans will be wondering why the club isn’t just paying to get rid of him.
As we say, despite how poor McLaughlin is, Rangers are in the situation where we don’t have a comfortable deputy, good enough to step in who absolutely isn’t going to leave, and that’s fairly unique.
We are also in the unique position of having four goalkeepers, which means we can’t just sign another one to replace McLaughlin because it’s all bloated as things stand.
It’s not ideal, to put it bluntly.