Rangers recently went on to confirm that goalkeeper Allan McGregor has signed a new one-year extension at Ibrox. The experienced Scottish custodian had joined the club in the summer of 2018 on a two-year deal. His contract was supposed to expire in 2020, but now the 37-year-old will stay at Ibrox until 2021.
A move like this is not surprising as McGregor has arguably been the best goalkeeper in Scotland in the last two seasons. He even managed to get a Scotland call up, but he soon retired from the national team. Nobody expected McGregor to be this good after he rejoined Rangers for his second spell, but he has been a stalwart in goal for the Bears.
Gerrard: Form over age
Gerrard had earlier said that while handing out new contracts, he wouldn’t look at player’s age. The English manager had said (Daily Record), “I don’t look at age. I look on form. When you’re dealing with players of this age, you’re never going to offer a two or three-year deal. But at the same time, you don’t want to lose them as they’re so valuable to us. They (McGregor, Davis and Defoe) are very much in the plan. They’re on top form, and we want them around longer.”
McGregor: Still going strong at 37
Even though McGregor will turn 38 in January, he seems to be supremely fit and is focused enough to bail Rangers out when they need him. Often the Gers dominate most of their encounters and McGregor more or less becomes a passenger for most parts. However, he needs to switch on soon when the opposition gets a few attacks at goal and in that regard, McGregor has been brilliant.
Apart from being a goalkeeper, he is also a leader at the back. He also knows a thing or two about winning titles as McGregor had been part of three league title wins in his first spell. Most of the current Rangers squad members are in unchartered territory as they haven’t played many crunch games where everything is on the line.
But the presence of an experienced customer like McGregor must make Gerrard’s job easier sometimes. McGregor also helps in organising the defence, and he knows when to slow the game down and when to restart quickly. All in all, an extension for McGregor was almost going to be a no brainer. The way he has taken care of his fitness so far, maybe we might see him extend for another year as his reflexes and shot-stopping skills are still sharp.
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