STEVEN GERRARD insists new signing Jon McLaughlin will challenge Allan McGregor for the first-team gloves at Rangers.
The Ibrox boss confirmed the signing of the Scotland international from Sunderland on a two-year contract and the manager was quick to assure supporters he had not been brought in merely as a squad member.
Former Hearts shotstopper McLaughlin, 32, fills the void left by Wes Foderingham and Jak Alnwick who left the club when their contracts expired at the start of the month.
Gerrard, speaking to the club website, said: “Jon is a vastly experienced professional who will add strength and depth to our squad.
“He is here to compete for the number one shirt and will add much-needed competition for places. He was involved in play-offs with Sunderland and will thrive on the pressurised environment at Ibrox.
“His experience in the SPFL will stand by him as he continues to fight for a place in the Scotland squad.”
Meanwhile, Alnwick, who completed last season on loan at Blackpool, has agreed a switch to St Mirren who failed in a bid to lure Celtic free agent Craig Gordon to Paisley earlier this week.