Rangers boss Michael Beale has been talking the goalkeeping position at Ibrox and this time hinted at potential Allan McGregor retirement in the summer.

The Gers boss was talking after once again rotating the position, with Allan McGregor coming out of the side after the weekend’s League Cup win over Aberdeen for the clash with Kilmarnock.

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Jon McLaughlin was once again preferred over Robby McCrorie, but the Scotland international goalkeeper was found wanting for the Kilmarnock opener as the debate rages over the Ibrox number one jersey.

After previously announcing Allan McGregor as the undisputed Rangers number one, and the best keeper in Scotland, Michael Beale has this time been potentially looking beyond the stopper’s retirement.

Rangers could look elsewhere in event of Allan McGregor retirement

Out of contract at the end of the season and 41 in January, the clock is ticking for Allan McGregor with the player’s absence against Killie being put down to playing 120 minutes v Aberdeen.

Rangers boss Beale was also clear that if he cannot settle on a number one between Jon McLaughlin and Robby McCrorie heading into next season, the club will need to invest.

But in doing so he also hinted that the time might be nigh for Allan McGregor to hang up his boots.

”I think maybe if we hadn’t played 120 minutes at the weekend we might’ve stuck,” explained Michael Beale [Rangers].

”I think it was the right thing to do tonight, I think everyone should expect to see Allan again at the weekend and then after that we’ll assess from there.

”I think it’s clear that at the end of the season we need to either bring a goalie in or make sure that we’ve made a decision on Jon or Robby to be number one.

”I have to give all the players in-house an opportunity because I am going to change players in this squad over time, I am going to change the look of Rangers to move forward.”

”I couldn’t be more pleased with the three goalkeepers I’ve got right now if I’m honest, obviously Robby is not fit but he was in Scotland’s last squad and with Craig (Gordon) being injured Robby is really keen to play.

”Whenever Jon plays he does well for us.”

Michael Beale was then later pressed on the comments and asked if he believed Allan McGregor would play any part for Rangers next season as retirement looms large.

“Well, we’ve not had that conversation but Allan is at an age where he is coming nearer to the end,” said Beale.

”He’s obviously out of contract as well. I think Allan played well at the weekend.

“I think there’s a lot of noise around our goalkeeper situation but I wasn’t here in the first half of the season when those things happened.

”I’ve been here now and I’ve been quite happy with the goalkeepers.”

As Allan McGregor retirement talk is shelved for now, the Ibrox manager also appeared to inspire one Premiership side to an impressive victory.

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