Former Rangers keeper Cammy Bell believes Allan McGregor is one of the best goalkeepers Scotland has ever produced and admits that given the veteran’s form for the Gers, he thinks Greegsy will continue playing beyond the end of the season.

McGregor turns 40 at the end of January and will be out of contract in the summer after signing a one-year extension near the end of last season.

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Bell and McGregor were Scotland squadmates in the past and the ex-Killie and Rangers number one confessed that he feels McGregor is “irreplaceable” in Gio van Bronckhorst’s Ibrox dressing room as he mulls over his future.

“Allan has always been a top goalie in my eyes and he’s one of the best that Scotland has ever produced,” Bell said [Daily Record].

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“He shows that form at the moment. In the past two or three seasons, he’s been a huge part in the things Rangers have done.”

“I think he is irreplaceable in the dressing room. But it’ll be whether Rangers can convince him to continue to play or not and I believe Allan will have the final say on that.

“I spoke to Allan about it a few years ago. It was just after a pre-season and he said: I don’t know why I put myself through this every year! But he loves football, he loves playing.

“The form that he is in, you’d think why would he retire?

“But this is a decision he is going to want to make himself, I’d say.

“He’s fit, he’s not had huge or major injury problems throughout his career. He’s been fortunate from that point of view.

“It’ll probably be more the mental side. Does he want to continuously keep doing it?

“I think he could do no problem, but it might be, does he want to continue?

“Does he want to take some time away and spend more time with his family?

“Or does he want to continue until his body says no?

“I think he probably could play on for another two or three seasons if he wants to.

“It’ll be a decision he’ll make himself, but just looking at the form he is in and has been since he went back to Rangers, probably one of the best signings they have in years, he could play on.”

Rangers need to find long-term replacement regardless of what McGregor does this summer

No matter what McGregor decides to do this summer, Rangers need to make sure there is a long-term successor in place sooner rather than later.

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Jon McLaughlin and Robby McCrorie will both have their sights set on replacing McGregor when he does finally call it quits – but it remains to be seen whether Gio rates either highly enough.

McCrorie has long been touted as a future number one and the youngster has impressed when called up so far by the Light Blues.

Whether he is given the chance to stake his claim as McGregor’s replacement rather than one of his deputies is up to van Bronckhorst but the Rangers boss can’t afford to wait for McGregor to need to be replaced before he has his next number one in place.

In other news, Heerenveen has rejected a bid for Rangers linked target Joey Veerman as the transfer window approaches.

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