Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be hoping for another happy weekend as the Gers take on Hearts in the Premiership on Saturday.
The Jam Tarts travel to Ibrox this weekend as they aim to overtake Rangers at the summit after nine matches, as they currently sit one point behind the Glasgow giants.
A win for the Gers, though, would see them move four points clear at the top and in a comfortable position heading into the next few weeks.
In order to give Rangers the best possible chance of winning this weekend, Gerrard must get his starting XI selection spot-on. This means he could have some big decisions to make, one of which is regarding who starts between the sticks…
Allan McGregor started the 2-1 win over Hibernian, but the £13k-per-week dud has endured a difficult season in the league. He has a save percentage of just 50% in the Premiership for Rangers, which is the joint-lowest in the division.
Gabriel Agbonlahor recently claimed that such ropey form is to be expected at the age of 39 and that he will still be able to produce quality displays.
He told Football Insider: “At McGregor’s age, you’re going to get those moments when you’re in and out of the team.
“He’s been a great servant to the game, a great servant to Rangers. So, I’m sure that he’ll play his fair share of games for Rangers and they’ll still get some good performances out of him.”
Whilst McGregor may still be able to perform well at times, as Abgonlahor has said, his form so far this season suggests that he is a liability to the team. Gerrard cannot afford to have an inconsistent goalkeeper between the sticks as it could affect the confidence of the defence and cause issues at the back in key matches.
Jon McLaughlin has kept two clean sheets in four appearances and has a save percentage of 71.4%. This suggests that he has been superior in goal for the Gers in comparison to McGregor this season, which is why Gerrard must axe the veteran shot-stopper to play the former Sunderland man.
Therefore, the 34-year-old should be handed the gloves for this important match as he has shown he is a more in-form ‘keeper. Gerrard must axe McGregor in order to play McLaughlin as the 39-year-old has been a liability and Rangers need to maintain their place at the top of the table this weekend.