By Noel Whelan

30th Sep, 2020 | 8:00am

'Harsh' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Gerrard axing Rangers summer signing

Steven Gerrard has made the right decision to drop Jon McLaughlin and reinstate Allan McGregor as the Rangers number one, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and Aberdeen forward did admit that the decision was harsh on McLaughlin.

After starting Rangers’ Scottish Premiership opener against Aberdeen, McGregor lost his place to McLaughlin who kept six clean sheets in seven league games.

McGregor did play and kept clean sheets in the Light Blues’ Europa League ties against Lincoln Red Imps and Willem II.

His performances in Europe earned him a recall for the Scottish Premiership game against Motherwell last weekend.

There are now reports in Scotland that the 38-year-old is set to be offered a new contract that will take him past his 40th birthday.

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Asked by Football Insider whether Gerrard’s decision was harsh on McLaughlin, Whelan said: “It is harsh but that’s the reality of football, especially when you’ve got big games coming up and you need that kind of experience in between the sticks.

“I’m sure it’s that bit of everything, that psychology for McGregor who has played in many of these games knowing that he will probably handle the occasion a lot better.

“It is harsh, but it is what it is.

“I think he’s made the right choice, I think McGregor does need to be between the sticks. He has that communication and that little bit more confidence with the defenders in front of him.

“He’s the player you want for those big occasions and there’s no bigger one coming up.”

In other Rangers news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider that Rangers may sign a Premier League ace who is ‘More dynamic’ than Scott Sinclair.