Rangers have confirmed that Allan McGregor has signed a new contract at Ibrox, keeping him at the club until next summer.
The 40-year-old was expected to be heading for retirement after his apparent farewell at the Scottish Cup final but will likely remain first-choice at Ibrox next season now.
After his new deal was confirmed McGregor said he spoke to a number of people about his choice and all of them told him to continue playing as long as he can.
“I’m obviously delighted. At the end of last season, there were a lot of games and a lot of concentration on the games,” McGregor said.
“I then had a couple of weeks’ holiday and really thought about it and spoke to a lot of people about it, and everybody said to play as long as you can.
“After the break, that’s what I was thinking myself, so here we are.”
Manager Gio van Bronckhorst said he was delighted to retain the veteran and insists he can still be a “valuable asset” after a number of high-profile blunders last season.
“Allan brings us invaluable experience and leadership both on and off the pitch, and I am really pleased he has chosen to stay with us for another year,” Gio said.
“I have been really impressed with the positive influence he has on our players, and also the dedication he has shown to still be a valuable asset for us in a playing-sense at the age of 40. I feel it is important to have players in our dressing room who really understand the club, and Allan certainly is one of them.”
New Rangers deal for McGregor seems like it is destined to end in tears
With McGregor staying for another year, you can’t help feeling we watched this movie play out 12 months ago with Jermain Defoe.
McGregor has been an incredible servant for Rangers but his time is up at Ibrox and the club need to move forward with some fresh faces.
It’s also likely to confirm that Robby McCrorie is on his way out of the door with a move to Manchester United mooted for the Scotland keeper.