Jon McLaughin Joins Glasgow Rangers On Two Year Contract
Former Bantams goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has left Sunderland Football Club to join Glasgow Rangers on a two year contract. The former Hearts goalkeeper returns to the Scottish Premiership after two seasons in Sky Bet League One as he aims to be part of something special at Ibrox.
McLaughlin, who is a Scotland International regular has two caps and will challenge Allan McGregor for a starting place and the number one shirt at Ibrox. Manager Steven Gerrard says McLaughlin provides much needed competition for the number one jersey with both back-up goalkeepers Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick having left Rangers this summer.
Speaking about signing for Glasgow Rangers McLaughlin said, “It’s a very proud moment for myself and for the family, knowing what a massive club this is and speaking with the manager and his staff, knowing the vision and the direction they want to take the club and having the opportunity to be a part of that and hopefully be a part of something special here was what sold it to me.”
McLaughlin, who has also played for Bradford City and Burton Albion spent a year with Hearts before moving to Sunderland, where he made 92 appearances under Jack Ross and Phil Parkinson. He was out of contract at the Stadium of Light and having rejected a new deal the move to Ibrox has come at a good time. He is Rangers fourth summer signing after striker Jemain Defoe and winger Ianis Hagi both sealed permanent moves after loan spells and the signing of defender Calvin Bassey.
Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said, “Jon is a vastly experienced professional who will add strength and depth to our squad, his experience in the Scottish Premier League will stand him in well as he continues to fight for a place in the Scotland squad. The past seven seasons he has been present in almost every game displaying a huge consistency of performance that is so important for a Rangers goalkeeper.”