A frustrating update has emerged on Glasgow Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and his current situation…
Journalist Barry Anderson has revealed that the Light Blues shot-stopper has been withdrawn from the Scotland national team due to injury.
He Tweeted: “Still no place in the Scotland squad for Stephen Kingsley. Left-back Andy Robertson & centre-back Grant Hanley out injured along with GK Jon McLaughlin & forward Jacob Brown. Rangers GK Robby McCrorie called up – but his last competitive game was over a year ago. #
The veteran has not been involved in a matchday squad for the Gers since their 4-0 defeat to Ajax in the Champions League but had been named in his country’s squad for their upcoming matches.
Van Bronckhorst should be gutted by this latest setback as it is a big blow to the squad heading into the upcoming games, as the 35-year-old’s injury may be worse than first feared.
Scotland believed he was fit enough to call him up and have now had to reverse their decision, which does not bode well for his availability for Rangers on the other side of the international break.
At the start of the campaign, the head coach opted to select McLaughlin as his number one ahead of Alan McGregor. The former Sunderland man started the first six Premiership matches and all four of their Champions League qualifiers as they managed to make it through to the group stages.
This came after McGregor made four errors directly leading to shots or goals in the Scottish top-flight last season, with his error-prone performances bringing his position into question.
The 40-year-old stepped up in place of McLaughlin as he saved a penalty in the 3-0 defeat to Napoli recently but was less than convincing for Dundee United’s goal in the club’s 2-1 win in the Premiership at the weekend.
A shot went in off his foot and into the far corner as he failed to make save the strike that was not placed away from his body, which may have reminded supporters why the club opted to make him play second fiddle at the start of this season.
This may bring his position between the sticks into question once again and that is why van Bronckhorst will be gutted by McLaughlin’s injury setback, as the ‘keeper’s absence would leave him without his first-choice shot-stopper.