Allan McGregor is a bona fide Rangers legend, yet at 40-years-old, the former Scotland international is reaching a stage in his career where the Bears must be thinking about replacing the goalkeeper.
One of the oldest active players in Europe, the former Hull City keeper has been an unbelievable servant to Rangers, and his performances last season almost saw the Scottish giants make history in the UEFA Europa League in Seville.
Indeed, replacing a character as big as McGregor will be no small feat for Rangers, though here are five goalkeepers who could replace the veteran shot-stopper this summer as the Gers look towards the future.
When it comes to looking for a new keeper, a backup in the Premier League is quite often a safe bet, and Chelsea shot-stopper Marcus Bettinelli is the perfect example of how one club’s trash can be another’s treasure.
The 30-year-old shot-stopper spent nine seasons with Fulham before joining their west London rivals last summer, where Bettinelli made just one appearance in all competitions. The keeper is reaching the prime of his career, and with Rangers now regulars in Europe, the Ibrox side could be perfect for the former Championship star.
A keeper who is actually linked with Rangers according to reports, former England international Jack Butland looks set to be replaced at Crystal Palace this summer, and a move north of the border could be ideal for the former Stoke City star.
Butland played regular football under Patrick Vieira last season, and at 29-years-old, the Bristol-born goalkeeper could be a perfect option for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, though the Palace star could be a costly addition this summer.
MLS has seen a major boom in popularity in the last few seasons, with the league growing stronger by the year and more players from the division making the move to Europe, and for Rangers, Los Angeles FC keeper Maxime Crepeau fits the bill perfectly for a McGregor replacement.
A regular for Canada and one of the best keepers in MLS this season, Crepeau is on the road to Europe if he continues to shine in California, and for Rangers, the LAFC star could be a cheap alternative compared to others on this list.
Yes, we’re being serious.
Loris Karius is set to leave Liverpool at the end of his contract this month, and four years after THAT UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid, the German goalkeeper is still seemingly struggling with the outcome of that result. Yet for Rangers, they could do with a player of his quality between the sticks.
Indeed, signing Karius would be a massive risk, yet if a club is willing to give the Liverpool outcast a shot at redemption, Rangers could find themselves with one of the best keepers in Europe on their hands if they can give the 28-year-old the care he needs to succeed.
On the books at Watford though last season made quite an impact in the Netherlands with Sparta Rotterdam, Maduka Okoye is viewed by many as the next great goalkeeper from Africa, with the 22-year-old already a regular for Nigeria and tipped for a big career.
Standing at 6’6”, Okoye is as close to perfection as you can come, physically, to a goalkeeper. Athletic and quick off his line, the German-born shot-stopper could become Rangers’ next no. 1 for the next ten years, and a transfer could be likely this summer if Watford are open to a transfer.