Kieran Maguire lambasts Rangers and Jon McLaughlin as money-grabbing footage emerges
Rangers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has endorsed a product whose primary aim is to “separate fans from their cash.”
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 34-year-old’s support of the Fortrade trading platform.
Rangers partnered with Fortrade in December 2020, with the deal originally set to run up until the end of 2021-22.
An extension has not been officially announced but McLaughlin featured in a promotional video shared on Fortrade’s Twitter account last Tuesday (31 May).
Ibrox commercial chief James Bisgrove has gone on record to say he expects Rangers to hit £27million in commercial income for the 2021-22 campaign.
But Maguire argues that the Glasgow giants should choose who they are associated with more carefully when it comes to sponsorships deals in problematic industries.
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“It does seem yet again like a very flimsy product,” he told Football Insider.
“The object is to separate fans from their cash and it is using football as a means for legitimacy and normalisation.
“We’re going to see more and more of these. Someone that was involved with Football Index, for example, has set up a broadly similar product. None of these things pass the smell test.”
McLaughlin played second fiddle to Allan McGregor in 2021-22 but still made 16 appearances across all competitions.
He signed a new contract in January that commits him to the club until 2024.