Former Rangers keeper Ally Maxwell has insisted goalies have the right to protect themselves when coming for the ball – before criticising Allan McGregor for ‘poor technique’ in the challenge that landed him a two-match ban.
McGregor was retrospectively banned by the Scottish FA’s compliance officer for a challenge on Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson.
Maxwell claimed he’s never taught a young keeper to dive out feet first as he criticised the current Ibrox number 1.
“If a goalkeeper is taught to come out on a one v one situation, in my opinion, he has the right to protect himself, but not with his studs,” said Maxwell, as quoted by The Herald.
“If you are coming up, studs up, then that is just poor technique.
“If you are coming out properly, you are leading with your hands with your heads tucked behind your elbow, I guess your knee and your elbow protect your face. There is an element of protection a goalkeeper needs to have but I have never taught any keeper to come out feet first.”
Keepers coming out feet first isn’t exactly a rare sight in football.
With more awareness surrounding brain injuries than before, players are more cautious when diving into challenges.
After seeing the likes of Peter Cech sustain serious injuries after head trauma, it makes sense to come feet first.
While the row over McGregor’s ban looks set to rumble on, Maxwell’s criticism just seems misplaced.