By Paul Robinson

28th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

Pundit hails 'brilliant' Rangers player who has 'difficult' relationship with McGregor

Paul Robinson has heaped praise on the mental strength of Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed it is difficult for goalkeepers to perform when they do not know their place in the pecking order.

McLaughlin, 34, replaced Allan McGregor in the starting lineup to face Dundee FC in what was his fourth league start this season.

The ex-Sunderland player went from villain to hero in a matter of seconds during the 1-0 win after “brilliantly” saving the penalty he conceded on the hour mark.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard has chosen to start McLaughlin in the majority of the league matches and McGregor in the majority of European fixtures this season.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of McLaughlin’s performance against Dundee, Robinson said: “It was a brilliant save.

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“McLaughlin has always done well when Steven Gerrard has called upon him. He has shown great mentality since moving there because he has had to be patient at times.

“When you know you are number two it is a lot easier to come in and perform. When you are challenging with another goalkeeper for the number one shirt it can be difficult. They are very different roles.

“It very rarely works having a number two goalkeeper that thinks he should be playing week in, week out from my experience.

“But, McLaughlin has responded to it well.”

In other news, McAvennie has told Connor Goldson to ‘get real’ and that he’s ‘not as good as he thinks he is’ after Rangers ‘demands’ revealed.