Noel Whelan insisted he cannot see a way back into the Rangers XI for Allan McGregor after the success of summer signing Jon McLaughlin.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that 38-year-old would have to bide his time in Glasgow after the Gers’ “absolutely brilliant” start to the season defensively.
Steven Gerrard’s side are still yet to concede a goal in the league after six games which have yielded five wins and a draw.
McGregor was the undisputed number one at Ibrox in recent campaigns but the arrival of McLaughlin from Sunderland on a free transfer has given him stiff competition.
McGregor has entered the final 12 months of his contract at the club with no suggestions yet that he will extend his stay.
When asked by Football Insider what the immediate future holds for the experienced shot-stopper, Whelan said: “He needs to earn his place.
“It is no different to Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe. That is what competition is all about.
“It will be no different for McGregor because Rangers defence so far this season has been absolutely excellent – perfection. I cannot see McGregor coming back into the side.
“Steven Gerrard does not work that way. He knows what the value is of players playing well. Consistency is key in a side that is winning and not conceding.”
McGregor has made 350 appearances for the Teddy Bears in two separate spells at Ibrox, while he has also been capped 42 times by Scotland.
He has returned to training for Steven Gerrard’s side last month after missing a short period out with a knock sustained in preseason.