If you aren’t on board the “Jon McLaughlin to replace Allan McGregor when he retires” hype train yet, then you really haven’t been paying attention.
With 16 clean sheets in 20 appearances for Rangers, McLaughlin has an incredible record between the sticks, his performance against Dundee once again proving that he should be relied upon to make the position his own when his more senior colleague decides to hang up the gloves, if he hasn’t done so already.
His penalty save from Jason Cummings ensured that we stay top of the league and move another two points further away from Celtic but it wasn’t just that highlight moment that demonstrated how valuable he has become to Steven Gerrard.
There are two things that he does better than McGregor; his ability with his feet is as good as any goalkeeper you’ll see and, his willingness to come off his line and relieve pressure off his defence, not only by sweeping up through balls but by claiming crosses.
One moment late on, with the game perilously poised, exemplified his 90 minutes, an in-swinging corner to a packed six-yard box was plucked out of the air and a free-kick was won too, McGregor doesn’t leave his line in this scenario.
Getting McLaughlin on a new contract is hugely important, replacing a keeper is hard enough, never mind one that is a club legend, and yet we already have someone that we know we can trust, he’s made the transformation from solid understudy to match winner – a proper Rangers keeper.