Allan Mcgregor has been nothing less than a revelation for his club and country ever since he moved back to Glasgow. The former Hull City player is having a sublime homecoming so far and has even gone on to replace Craig Gordon as Scotland’s no.1. Not many would have expected the 36-year-old to play such a crucial role, but he has firmly established that age is just a number for him.
Gerrard recently talked about the world-class save which Mcgregor made in the last few minutes of the game against Israel which ensured his country’s qualification to the playoff rounds. The manager said (via The Scottish Sun), ”What a fantastic save — it was world-class. Not many keepers would have been able to make that save in that type of game. It didn’t come as a surprise because I’ve seen it on many occasions so far this season and over the years. That’s the reason why he’s the best keeper in Scotland, in my opinion.
Allan’s got a very important part to play over the next few weeks before the winter break but also beyond that until the end of the season. And if he keeps doing what he’s doing, there’s no reason why he can’t carry on past his present contract.”
Given that he is on the wrong side of the thirties, the Gers signed him on a one year contract but the way things are going, one wouldn’t be surprised if he extends his deal further. Gerrard too definitely thinks the same and the Scottish goalkeeper can realistically go on to play for another two years.
McGregor is a leader at the back and is often seen barking orders to his defenders. Along with that, his handling is superb and what has surprised the most is his shot-stopping skills from close quarters. His reflex saves has been second to none, and the veteran has played a significant role in Rangers’ resurgence this season.
The former Besiktas player joined Rangers first as an academy player in 1998 and stayed up until 2012. In his combined two stints in Glasgow, the custodian has represented the Bears 273 times so far keeping a tally of 124 clean sheets in the process.
It is no surprise that Gerrard is willing to increase his stay after such influential displays and the player also shouldn’t have any qualms in committing his future at Ibrox. Given that he was allowed to run down his contract at Hull City, not many would have expected him to be in such good shape and condition and credit to the Gers management team and decision makers who brought in arguably the best Scottish keeper right now on a free transfer.