Jon McLaughlin handed a bit of credit despite Rangers loss at Ajax
Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was one player handed a bit of credit following the Gers’ Champions League opener on Wednesday as the Ibrox side were blown away in the Netherlands.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst is under plenty of pressure after overseeing two 4-0 defeats in a row. Of course, the Light Blues went into their game against Ajax off the back of a humiliating Old Firm showing.
Unfortunately, it proved to be another miserable night for Rangers. Ajax tore the Scottish Premiership side apart, taking a 3-0 lead into the break.
McLaughlin was one paper some may have been surprised to see named in the side. He had a torrid time at the weekend. And some Rangers fans may have wanted Allan McGregor to come back in.
However, van Bronckhorst stuck by McLaughlin. Obviously, it was a terrible result. But the 34-year-old could hardly be blamed for any of the goals Rangers conceded.
The opener came about after some shocking defending, while the second took a significant deflection. Ajax’s third was a moment of brilliance from Mohammed Kudus. And the fourth came after Ryan Jack gave the ball away.
And with that, McLaughlin was perhaps the only player given any sort of praise. Glasgow Live rated his performance a 7/10, with no other player given higher than a five.
“An improved showing from the goalkeeper after a horror show at the weekend. Made three or four strong stops and was not culpable for any of the goals,” Glasgow Live wrote.
McLaughlin handed a bit of credit
Of course, McLaughlin will not be bothered about any praise he is receiving. He has now conceded eight goals in the last two games. And already, it appears that Rangers have a mountain to climb to achieve anything significant this season.
He did make a couple of impressive saves. And it would be harsh if he lost his place as number one off the back of that display.
But van Bronckhorst needs things to change. So some tough decisions need to be made in the coming days.
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