By Wayne Veysey

24th Jun, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Rangers seal new signing after fending off late Celtic swoop

Rangers sealed the signing of Jon Mclaughlin after late interest from Celtic, Football Insider has learned.

The Scotland international, 32, was yesterday announced as the Light Blues’ third senior summer signing following the earlier captures of Ianis Hagi and Calvin Bassey.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Rangers finalised the deal only following a last-gasp swoop by their Glasgow rivals.

By that point, the deal was already in the bag and McLaughlin was announced after putting pen to paper on a two-year contract.

He had been offered a new deal by Sunderland but knocked that back to end his two-year spell at the north-east giants.

Celtic’s interest came amid doubts over the make-up of their own senior goalkeeping roster for next season.

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Last season’s first choice Fraser Forster has returned to Southampton after a hugely successful loan amid doubts over whether the club can afford the transfer and wage costs of a permanent deal.

Craig Gordon has been offered a new deal but has been publicly critical of the offer tabled and claimed it is on hugely reduced terms.

That leaves Scott Bain as the only senior keeper tied down just over a month ahead of the new campaign.

At Rangers, McLaughlin will compete with Allan McGregor for the No1 jersey next season with Steven Gerrard claiming he is open-minded as to who is the first choice.

The McLaughlin deal had first been exclusively revealed by Football Insider on Monday, and 24 hours later he was unveiled.

The Scotland international, 32, has been signed following the departures last month of Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick, who, as first revealed by Football Insider, signed for St Mirren on Monday, also on a two-year contract.

In other Rangers news, Ivan Toney has told friends his transfer plans as two Glasgow giants and West Brom race to sign him this summer.

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