Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin could leave Ibrox in January to secure more playing time.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England and Aston Villa striker insisted the 33-year-old will need to be playing regularly if he is to make Scotland’s squad for next year’s European Championships.
McLaughlin earned his 11th start of the season against Lech Poznan in the Europa League on Thursday night with first-choice Allan McGregor rested as the Gers had already secured qualification to the knockout stages.
The Edinburgh-born stopper began the season between the sticks with McGregor injured but upon his return, the 38-year-old has established himself as Steven Gerrard’s number one.
This site revealed last week the Light Blues are planning to offer the veteran a new deal before January.
Agbonlahor has claimed this could lead to McLaughlin seeking a temporary exit to secure game time before next year’s European Championships.
Asked by Football Insider whether McLaughlin could look to leave in January, Agbonlahor said: “Yes, 100 per cent.
“As a goalkeeper, if you’re a number two goalkeeper you’re not going to come on.
“If you’re a number two striker you might come on in a game but number two goalkeepers, unless there’s an injury you’re not going to come on.
“If he wants to play for Scotland then he definitely needs to be playing football.
“It might be something he looks to do for sure.”
McLaughlin has two Scotland caps and was on the bench when they beat Serbia on penalties in their Euro play-off last month.
Derby County keeper David Marshall is Steve Clarke’s number one and saved a vital penalty against Serbia.