RANGERS have signed former Bradford City and Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin on a two-year contract.

The Scotland squad member left Sunderland after their League One season finished.

His spell in the North-East was not his first in League One. McLaughlin joined the Bantams in 2008 and was part of the squad that won promotion from League Two in 2013.

He was an ever-present for City in their 2013/14 League One campaign, before leaving to join Burton that summer.

He played for the Brewers in League Two, League One and in the Championship.

Discussing his excitement over his big move to the Ibrox giants, the 32-year-old told the Rangers website: "It's a very proud moment for myself and for the family.

"It is great to be back up here in Scotland and we are very proud to have made the deal happen and I am really looking forward to now getting back to football and starting my next chapter here with an amazing football club.

"Knowing the club already, and what a massive club it is and what a huge opportunity it could be, and speaking with the manager and his staff, and knowing the vision and the direction they have got, and what they are trying to achieve here, the opportunity to be a part of that and hopefully be a part of something special here was what sold it to me."

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard stressed that McLaughlin was arriving to challenge Allan McGregor for the goalkeeper's jersey.

Gerrard said: "He brings vast experience. We have tracked Jon for a long time now.

"He is obviously used to this type of environment and pressure to win, being at Sunderland for many years, and he obviously has experience in this league prior to that. He is an international goalkeeper.

"I think it's a good move from us, it's a safe move. He will come here to compete for the number one shirt. I don't like keepers being labelled one, two, three, four.

"There is obviously one position available and it's a shoot-out to see who is in the best form.

"Allan McGregor has been terrific for me over the past couple of years, really consistent. Jon is aware of that but wants to come in and put as much pressure on him as he can."