Rangers boss

Alan Hutton has backed his former teammate Allan McGregor to win back the Rangers number one shirt from Jon McLaughlin.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Hutton delivered his verdict after McLaughlin started the club’s last two games following the long-established number one’s shock axing.

McGregor started the club’s opening Scottish Premiership game and their 1-0 Europa League loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

However, new signing Jon McLaughlin has started the club’s two subsequent league games and kept clean sheets against both St Mirren and St Johnstone.

The 32-year-old joined the club on a free transfer after making 90 appearances over two seasons with Sunderland.

He replaced the outgoing Wes Foderingham who joined Sheffield United after making 143 appearances for ‘Gers.

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Asked by Football Insider whether Mclaughlin being an upgrade on Foderingham means Gerrard has now two number ones, Hutton said: “I would say so. I still believe McGregor is the number 1 out of the two of them, but it’s always better to have competition.

“Rangers will know McGregor is getting older and will be looking for somebody to come in and challenge him and learn off him to try and be the number 1 in the future.

“You always need competition to bring the best out of you so I definitely see this as Alan’s biggest challenge but he’ll be up for it and I’m sure he’ll battle it for the remainder of the season.”

McGregor will turn 39 in January and his contract at Ibrox is due to expire at the end of the season.

He has made 377 appearances for Rangers across two spells.

Both have represented Scotland with McGregor representing his country 42 times while McLaughlin has earned two caps.

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