Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised the ‘incredible’ Allan McGregor after the keeper’s Europa League heroics in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Sparta Prague [BT Sport].

McGregor has come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks with Rangers regularly conceding avoidable goals.

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Allan McGregor was accused of being finished in the run-up to the high-profile Europa League clash.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In Sunday’s League Cup semi-final, he didn’t make a save, as all three of Hibs’ shots on target found the net.

There were calls for the veteran to be dropped for Jon McLaughlin, but GvB showed faith in him and he came up trumps for the new manager.

He pulled off a superb double save late in the second half and went on to keep a clean sheet, making five stops in total.

His efforts proved to be crucial, too, as with Brondby losing to Lyon in Denmark, the two-goal margin of victory was enough for the Gers to secure second place in the group.

“He’s incredible,” said GvB after being asked about McGregor by Emma Dodds [BT Sport]. “You see a lot of experienced goalkeepers and he’s at a certain age where normal players would retire but the goalies can go on a bit longer.”

“Today, he had some vital saves.”

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Rangers manager van Bronckhorst praised McGregor for his efforts against Sparta Prague. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As was pointed out in the interview, McGregor was on the books at Ibrox when GvB played for the Gers, so it’s remarkable that he delivered for the new manager 20 years later in his first game in charge.

Steven Gerrard looked to rotate the goalkeepers during the early part of the season and it’ll be interesting to see if van Bronckhorst takes a similar approach or gives the 39-year-old an extended run in the side.

Meanwhile, Rangers have expressed disappointment with a rival Premiership club for a surprise decision.

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