Allan McGregor’s performance in Israel has surely now given him the honor of being Scotland number one once again.

The Rangers hero pulled off a plethora of stunning stops to halt a real humiliation in Haifa. Scotland ended up losing the game 2-1, but if it wasn’t for McGregor, Alex McLeish would’ve come in for even more criticism.

Scotland now sit level with both Israel and Albania on three points in their Nations League group. The winner advances to a playoff for a chance at Euro 2020 qualification. Despite these games going under the radar, they are massive matches for the country.

Allan McGregor was dominant in Israel (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

McGregor has certainly been playing his part. Keeping out Albania on match-day one was a good start, but his terrific performance in Haifa has brought praise from around the squad.

Captain Andrew Robertson was one to laud McGregor for his contribution in Israel. The Liverpool superstar admitted that had it not been for the Rangers man, Scotland were in for an even more painful night. Even the captain has admitted that McGregor shouldn’t be in consideration for being dropped.

A long-running battle

It’s been a long-running battle between the Rangers number one and Celtic number one in Craig Gordon. Both are outstanding goalkeepers, but McGregor certainly holds an edge over the Parkhead man.

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Don’t be surprised, however, to see Gordon back between the sticks in this afternoon’s clash with Portugal. The friendly match is a chance for McLeish to give others some game-time. Gordon falls into that category, but you can expect McGregor to back in for the next competitive clash.

The Rangers goalkeeper has now cemented himself as Scotland’s number one (Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

It appears that since coming to Rangers, McGregor has finally been given the number one shirt permanently. Beforehand, it was the Celtic ‘keeper who held the honor. McGregor’s performances this season, however, have been far superior to that of Gordon’s.

McLeish has been hesitant in stating who is number one is. Yet, it’s been clear in the Scotland manager’s decision-making who he prefers in goal.

If it was even a question before, nobody can now deny that McGregor has cemented his place as Scotland’s top goalie.

 

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