Legendary Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has been one of the first names on the teamsheet in recent seasons, but now supporters are asking questions of the veteran goalie.
Before we launch into anything here, it’s important to recognise the immense contribution of McGregor over the last few seasons in both Europe and domestically.
Now 39, McGregor is a Rangers legend and his performances last season – some of which defied all goalkeeping logic – are a big reason why we secured 55, as his Player of the Year award proves.
McGregor has made more appearances than anyone else in Rangers history in European football and he remains a figure so ginormous amongst the support it’s almost sacrilegious to criticise him.
But – and in the context of a season where Rangers cannot conceding full stop never mind shipping the first goal – there needs to be a better solution than the veteran stopper at present.
Rangers legend Allan McGregor out of sorts between the sticks
The club has flitted between McGregor and number two Jon McLaughlin all season – with Robby McCrorie also waiting in the wings – and following defeat to Hibs plenty are asking the question.
Remarkably, McGregor has failed to keep out any of the last five efforts on goal – with supporters critical of his positioning and shot stopping in Hibs’ opening two strikes in a 3-1 defeat at Hampden – with Rangers conceding nine goals from the last 12 shots on target.
McGregor’s aura as a giant between the Gers sticks is waning and even he himself would admit that at the moment, he is not playing at the top of his game.
It’s a big decision to make for Giovanni van Bronckhorst – who was at the Ibrox club when McGregor was a youth player – but one fans now fear must be made:
When was the last time Allan McGregor made a save?
— AR #55 (@G1NG355) November 22, 2021
Something else I’d like to add. I love Allan McGregor and hold him in such high regard. For me he’s our best keeper after Andy Goram, even over Klos.
However, he’s finished. His body’s probably feeling it now at almost 40 years old. McLaughlin has to come in from now on.
— Giobaldy van Bassey 🇬🇧 (@Baldy_Bassey) November 22, 2021
not great. pic.twitter.com/qbLRl2P5sh
— Patrick Caskie (@patrickcaskie) November 22, 2021
🧤 Allan McGregor has saved 52% of his shots faced this season.
Quite a damning stat, and makes the case for McLaughlin to now be the number 1 even stronger. https://t.co/Mhq3d7Bmp8
— Ibrox Chat (@IbroxChat) November 22, 2021
Jesus suffering. It happens to the best of them and sometimes it is just a season too far.
I think a new #1 – with a view to long term – is a must in the summer. Whether that is promoting within or going into the market. https://t.co/jB6aF4WjuM
— Kirst 🌻 (@kirsten93_) November 22, 2021
The leagues POTY last year and one of if not the greatest ever Rangers goalkeeper. A season too far perhaps but If we're honest with ourselves then it's been in the back of our minds since Malmo and now it's coming to the fore. It just has to be McLaughlin going forward now. https://t.co/obqfMSUlOD
— Rossco (@HeartandHutts) November 22, 2021
Just shows the difference compared to last season….. almost everything going in now from defensive mistakes whereas last season at least keeper was on form and made the saves….
— David Pugh (@DPugh90) November 22, 2021
New Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a host of big decisions to make over the next few days and weeks and the situation surrounding McGregor and who plays in goal will be amongst the most pertinent.
However, there is one thing in particular that Gio believes is “not ideal” about his appointment at Ibrox.