Rangers have confirmed their fourth summer signing in the form of goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin from Sunderland after the experienced stopper’s contract expired – but Stephen Elliott and Sunderland fans are not impressed.
McLaughlin, 32, joined Sunderland in the summer of 2018 from Hearts and has since clocked up an impressive 90 appearances in all competitions – remaining first choice at the Stadium of Light for two years.
A two-time Scotland international, McLaughlin was a fan favourite at Sunderland after conceding just 87 goals in those 90 games – keeping 27 clean sheets. But Sunderland failed to extend his contract.
??????? Good Luck, Jon!
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) June 23, 2020
Indeed, Rangers have swooped. Steven Gerrard has raided the League One side for the goalkeeper, landing the former Bradford City and Burton Albion goalkeeper on a two-year deal.
Allan McGregor remains first choice at Ibrox but following the exit of Wes Foderingham, it is expected that McLaughlin will step in as the Gers’ number two. With McGregor now 38, he could be a future number one.
Sunderland supporters are not happy on Twitter with owner Stewart Donald’s inability to keep McLaughlin at Sunderland despite a prior desire to remain with the club – while Sunderland icon Elliott also complained.
Jon McLaughlin has been by far one of Sunderland’s most consistent and top performing players past 2 seasons yet his contract has ran out and he’s gone for free. Should have been giving new contract last summer. ??♂️ #safc
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) June 23, 2020
@DavidJonesSky ha'way Dave what is going on? This is the worst ownership in my time supporting safc. Offer a contract when it's two weeks from expiring. Have a word with them.
— Paul (@paulthomase) June 23, 2020
we are gunna be fighting relegation next season mark my words….
— morgan (@morgannfosterr1) June 23, 2020
Good luck to him, rangers big club & in Europe. Should of offered him a new deal last year.
— Dave The Mackem (@dave_mackem) June 23, 2020
So much for not letting him leave for less 5mill Donald Duck. Should had this lads contact sorted months ago
— Connor Swainston (@swainyFTM) June 23, 2020
We are being run by absolute amateurs – regardless of whether ppl think McLaughlin is the no.1 etc this should have been done/sorted months ago
— Lee Anderson (@LeeAnde51871819) June 23, 2020