Kevin Phillips insisted it will be “a priority” at Sunderland to sign a new senior goalkeeper after Jon McLaughlin left the club to sign for Rangers last week.

The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the Black Cats to find a replacement as soon as possible so they can build a relationship with the defence over preseason.

The Gers confirmed the capture of McLaughlin on a free transfer after Steven Gerrard’s interest had been exclusively revealed by Football Insider a day earlier.

The Scotland international made 90 appearances for Phil Parkinson’s side, including a Play Off final and an EFL Trophy final.

In his two-year spell on Wearside he kept 27 clean sheets.

When asked by Football Insider how the Black Cats would react to losing their number one keeper, Phillips said:

“When you lose your number one goalkeeper and the number two is not capable of stepping up you need to get someone in as soon as possible.

“Possibly an experienced goalkeeper on loan for a season.

‘The quicker they can get him in the quicker they can build relationships with the defence and his teammates.

“That position will be a priority I am sure.”

Black Cats boss, Phil Parkinson, said: “We didn’t want to see Jon go, but it was his choice and we have to respect that.

“We need to bring in another senior goalkeeper as cover and competition for Lee Burge and we will press on with that.”

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