The official UEFA Europa League Twitter account has pitted Rangers keeper Allan McGregor against Celtic equivalent Joe Hart in its latest poll – but failed to recognise one thing.
Rangers have qualified for the knockout rounds of the Europa League for the third year running whilst Celtic have crashed into the UEFA Conference League.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) November 30, 2021
Both goalkeepers took centre stage in the last round of fixtures as Joe Hart made some decent saves against Leverkusen but was found wanting for their equaliser.
The ball went through the one-time former England and Man City goalie’s legs before he was left hopeless to save a late winner which condemned Celtic to exit the competition as the side who – to date – have conceded the most goals in the competition.
Rangers stopper Allan McGregor on inspired UEFA Europa League form
In contrast, under-fire Rangers keeper Allan McGregor showed exactly why he’s still top dog between the sticks in Scottish football with an inspired double-save against Sparta Prague on UEFA Europa League matchday 5.
With Rangers 2-0 up and needing a two goal advantage to qualify from Group A with a game to spare, Greegsy threw himself at a header to keep the scoreline as it was before throwing out a leg to stop the rebound.
It’s a moment worth a small fortune to Rangers and one which extends an impressive UEFA Europa League run as of late which has reignited the Scottish coefficient.
When it comes to who has been the superior option in the Europa League – even as recently as matchday 5 – Rangers fans are leaving the governing body in no doubts:
Why would you even ask the question McGregor constantly keeping his team in the game and keeping clean sheets. joe hart the only clean sheets he sees is on McGregors washing line !
— Rangers f.c.1872 (@BarryMac1982) November 30, 2021
One kept his team in the competition, the other… Well, you'll no be tweeting about him for the rest of the season
— Kyle Van C (@_KyleRC_) November 30, 2021
Is that the same Joe hart that conceded the most goals is the tournament so far??
— Sloop John B 🇺🇦 (@beaford_j) November 30, 2021
— FRSC #55 (@frsc_55) November 30, 2021
Europa League>Conference League pic.twitter.com/P4BhT4Aucw
— 𝐖𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 (@WATP72RFC) November 30, 2021
The brass neck to even post this.
— Ryan (@Ryan59226753) November 30, 2021
Europa league or conference league?
— 10 can dan (@10candan) November 30, 2021
Rangers qualified for the knockout round of the UEFA Europa League courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Sparta Prague in new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first game in charge.
Celtic were sent tumbling out the competition after suffering a late collapse and being defeated 3-2 by Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.
Rangers will now look ahead to the draw after the next round of UEFA Europa League fixtures where they could face their own trip to Germany and the chance to face a global superstar.