Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has hinted that veteran stopper Allan McGregor has played his final game for the Ibrox club.
This comes after the Dutch coach admitted that stand-in Rangers goalie Jon McLaughlin will retain his place against Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.
Whilst van Bronckhorst doesn’t directly say so, the fact McGregor’s contract is up in the summer and that the stopper is now 40 has plenty doubting a renewal.
A remarkable servant to the club, if this does come to fruition then Allan McGregor’s final game for Rangers was the Europa League Final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
‘I have started Jon in the cup campaign this year,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“He has done really well in all the games we played especially in the semi-final against Celtic.
“So for me it would be strange to change him.
“We gave him our confidence in the cup competitions so he will still have the confidence tomorrow from me and my staff.
“It is a difficult one because Allan of course is our number one goalkeeper.
“But he was very thoughtful and could totally understand that we are playing Jon in the cup competitions.
“So Allan will push Jon and will guide and support him tomorrow.”
Has Allan McGregor played final game for Rangers?
Jon McLaughlin joined Rangers on an initial two-year deal in the summer of 2020 and has been a perfectly able deputy to Allan McGregor over the last two seasons.
But as doubts continue over the longevity of the veteran Ibrox stopper Jon McLaughlin has signed a new two-year deal with Rangers.
The 34-year-old Scotland international will be hoping to make the jersey his own next season but there is little doubt Rangers fans will be gutted to see Allan McGregor hang up his gloves.
According to Transfermarkt, Allan McGregor has made 444 appearances for Rangers in total and he is the club’s record European appearance holder, making just over 100 appearances on the continental stage.
So perhaps it’s fitting that the goalie’s final game could be a showpiece Final; it’s just heartbreaking we couldn’t see him lift the cup.