Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has compared current Ibrox number one Allan McGregor with Gers icon Andy Goram – and insists the pair are “very similar” as McGregor approaches his 400th game for the Light Blues.
The veteran keeper should hit the milestone tonight when the Gers face St. Mirren and McAllister hailed McGregor as a “true professional” who has put in the hard work for the success he’s had.
With McGregor approaching his 39th birthday, McAllister admits he’ll have to manage his body differently to younger players but lauded Greegsy’s fantastic conditioning as he continues to excel.
“He is obviously a player that plays with loads of emotion, he is a very passionate man and he is a winner. That is a fact,” McAllister said [The Herald].
“Over the time that I have been here, I always look at Allan and Andy Goram and they are very similar. They are both terrific shot stoppers, both fantastic professionals, train extremely hard and their work ethic is stunning to see.
“That is why the pair of them have played for so long and 400 appearances for Rangers is a stunning sum of games.
“Delighted for him. But it is off the back of hard work and you don’t realise that sum of games if you are not dedicated and Allan is a true professional.
“That comes from within him and how much he wants to go on and how much he can put his body through. He probably does have to manage his body differently to when he was a younger man. That comes from his gut and he is experienced enough for his gut to tell him when it is time or whether he can go on. Looking at him at the moment, he is in great condition.”
McGregor has already smashed through the club’s European appearance record this season and the veteran could well set a new clean sheet record with 12 to his name in 20 appearances so far.
While the keeper will be happy at racking up individual milestones, he’ll want to get his hands on some silverware at the end of the season with his career nearing its end.
One final league title would be the perfect way for McGregor to ride off into the sunset and call time on a glorious Ibrox career that sees him in the conversation among the greatest keepers to have played for Rangers.
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