Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch thinks Allan McGregor’s international retirement shows how much the Ibrox side means to the veteran keeper – and is adamant that it will prolong his club career.

McGregor announced his decision to walk away from the Scotland set-up on Monday and McCulloch expected his former team-mate to stay on and win a place in the Scottish FA Hall of Fame for reaching 50 caps.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 02: Glasgow Rangers players (From L-R) Sasa Papac, Steven davis, Maurice Edu, Kenny Miller, Madjid Bougherra, Steven Naismith, Kirk Broadfoot, Steven Whittaker, David Weir, Lee McCulloch and Allan McGregor pose for a team picture prior the UEFA Champions League group C match between Valencia CF and Glasgow Rangers at the Mestalla Stadium on November 2, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. Valencia won the match 3-0.

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Instead, he’s no concentrating on his club career and McCulloch admits that it “makes perfect sense.”

“I thought he would have stayed on to get 50 caps, but that just shows how much Rangers means to him. It is club before country and he all know he is a diehard Rangers man,” McCulloch told the Evening Times.

19th December 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Rangers; Allan McGregor of Rangers

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“It will prolong his career. At his age, his body will need a rest and in that regard I can see that the decision makes perfect sense for Allan personally.”

 

McGregor has made almost 50 appearances for club and country this season and the chance to recover between games is as good a reason as any to retire from international duty.

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Allan McGregor of Rangers reacts during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in Vila-real, Spain

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At 37, McGregor’s career is nearing its end and it is clear he wants to win silverware at Ibrox before he call it quits completely.

Retiring does mean that McGregor will miss out on representing Scotland in a major tournament but if he lifts one more league title then it likely won’t be as big of a loss for him.

With 42 caps to his name, McGregor done Scotland well and can be more than happy with his contribution.