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Rangers: Michael Beale praised following Jon McLaughlin decision

Journalist Joshua Barrie, who contributes for Sky Sports, has praised Rangers manager Michael Beale for the way he has rotated goalkeepers Jon McLaughlin and Allan McGregor of late.

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Over the weekend, the Ibrox club managed to claim a decent 2-0 win away at Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership thanks to two quickfire goals from Fashion Sakala and Malik Tillman scored in the space of three minutes.

Ahead of the game, though, Beale sprung a bit of a surprise as he opted to play McLaughlin in goal from the off ahead of McGregor.

After making the decision, he explained to the press that the 35-year-old is better at defending dead-ball situations from set pieces and so he felt more suited for this particular game.

While speaking about it on The Rangers Review, Barrie offered up his thoughts on it all, saying: “They kind of did that with [Steven] Gerrard at the start of last season, and it’s not an ideal situation, is it?

“You’d want, I’d imagine, if you’re in defence, you’d want a [regular] No 1. But I think it is good management.”

He then went on to echo Beale’s words about how McLaughlin is better suited to claiming crosses when compared to McGregor.

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Interestingly enough, Beale actually claimed that he has faith in all of his goalkeepers. Indeed, he told RangersTV (via GlasgowLive): We have three goalkeepers that could all be the No1. Allan’s had the shirt of late, I just felt this game was perfect for Jon to come in.”

And he’s certainly been happy enough to mix things up lately. While McLaughlin started that most recent win, he also started the 1-0 away win against Ross County in December. However, in the two league games following that victory, McGregor returned to the Rangers’ starting XI.

Clearly, Beale feels as though it’s a bit of a horses-for-courses situation between the sticks right now at Rangers but it certainly worked against Dundee United.

Still, both McLaughlin (35) and McGregor (40) are getting on a bit now so perhaps it will soon be time to refresh the goalkeeping position at the club with some young blood.

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