Frank McAvennie claimed Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin signed for “the wrong club” after the player revealed he wants regular first team football.

The former Celtic and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 33-year-old will not take the number one gloves off Allan McGregor this season.

McLaughlin signed a two-year deal at Ibrox in July following the expiration of his contract at English sleeping giants Sunderland.

An injury to McGregor in August saw McLaughlin handed seven consecutive league starts but his game time has been limited since McGregor returned from injury in September.

Speaking after Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of Falkirk in the league cup, Scotland international McLaughlin pleaded with his manager Steven Gerrard for increased game time ahead of next summer’s European Championship.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the goalkeeper’s first team chances this season, McAvennie said: “McLaughlin did extremely well when he came in.

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“He was great. He hit the ground running but if he wants to play for Scotland at next summer’s Euros he has to play.

“Unfortunately, there is nothing he can do about it. He went there knowing that McGregor is a damn good goalkeeper. He is not going to roll over and let somebody take his place. That is not going to happen, not at Rangers.

“McGregor was the catalyst for the Rangers revival. He went in and steadied the ship.

“McLaughlin picked the wrong team to go to, he shouldn’t have joined Rangers when there is a number one like McGregor. He is not going to get much game time.

“I am sure Steven Gerrard will give him minutes in the cup ties but he will not force his way into the league side.  He just went to the wrong club if he wants to get a game.”    

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