Rangers and Allan McGregor are ‘keen’ to sort a new contract out that would see the veteran keeper play on for another year, according to a report.
According to the Rangers Review, talks are ongoing over a new deal with both sides eager to get something sorted for the 40-year-old.
McGregor, who appeared to say farewell after he was brought on as a last-minute sub in the Scottish Cup final, is out of contract and was widely expected to call it quits this summer.
However, it now looks as though he could be staying for another year as he aims to play on beyond his 41st birthday, with no suggestion that he would combine playing with a coaching role.
New deal for McGregor doesn’t quite make sense – and seems a case of standing still for Rangers
There can be no arguing against the incredible job McGregor has done over his two spells at Rangers but the club have to move forward rather than stand still out of sentimentality.
Last season showed there are some big weaknesses creeping into McGregor’s game with major mistakes playing a big part in costing us the title.
His howlers against Ross County last season still stick in the craw and it’ll be a while before they are forgotten.
If McGregor was still head and shoulders above his competition then there would be a case for giving him a new deal but it just feels like the wrong move.
Rather than staying one year too many and damaging his reputation at the club, it makes sense for McGregor to call it quits now and retire.
New McGregor contract will likely push Robby McCrorie out the door
Having been touted as a long-term future number one, a new deal for McGregor will almost certainly put the rubber stamp on Robby McCrorie’s exit from Rangers.
McCrorie has been linked with a move to Man United this summer and signing McGregor up to another contract will further limit the chances McCrorie gets at Rangers.
While sentimentality is always hard to ignore, Rangers can’t allow themselves to stay where they are just so McGregor gets to play for another season.
Should Rangers start the season with McGregor as number one, it’ll be a massive gamble by Gio van Bronckhorst – even if McGregor’s pals in the media like Kris Boyd insists he’s just as good as he’s ever been.