The goalkeeper situation has summed up Rangers season so far – in, out, unconvincing, showing quality, ready for form then a surprise change.
OK, there will be obvious limitations to that comparison but the changing of the man between the sticks has definitely been a factor in Rangers patchy form so far this term.
Last weekend at Dundee appeared to signal a step forward for Jon McLaughlin to ‘hold the gloves’ following his penalty save that effectively won a hard fought game for Steven Gerrard’s side.
However, once again there was a change for the Europa League tie against Sparta Prague on Thursday with Allan McGregor returning to the starting line-up.
So what gives? Surely, something has to…soon.
For the sake of consistency and continuity, Rangers can’t afford to switch goalkeepers so often – it will also be affecting individual performance levels.
In the search to find that spark and the form that has badly deserted the Gers so far this term, the manager has stated his frustrations at not being able to select the same players and the same collective unit for any sustained period.
Injuries and covid issues have been a damaging thorn in the side in that regard, but in terms of the goalkeeper question, that is an area where Gerrard has opted to chop and change.
A decision for the forseeable would surely be in the best interests of all, with the incumbent holding down the starting slot for as long as their performance levels merit it.
That will breed competition, a competive edge and striving for better – with a quality replacement eagerly waiting to step in.
It is a win-win situation for the team and the squad.
Allan McGregor or Jon McLaughlin, the choice has to be made now.