Allan McGregor’s 300th appearance at Ibrox deserves to be recognised. He’s not only been a key signing, he’s been Steven Gerrard’s best.
Except only Gerrard didn’t actually sign him.
McGregor agreed terms to come back to Ibrox back in April. That was two months before Gerrard’s appointment at Ibrox as manager. If anything, however, the Scotland number one has been an absolute gift from the gods for Gerrard.
The three-in-a-row winner had plenty of adversity to overcome upon his arrival. With his acrimonious departure from the club back in the summer of 2012, many Rangers fans didn’t have him in their good books. He joined the likes of Kyle Lafferty, Steven Whittaker, and Steven Naismith in that regard.
Regardless, a string of six clean sheets in nine games had supporters back in love with him once more. In his 22 Rangers appearances this season, McGregor has managed to keep nine clean sheets. In a further 11 of those matches, the goalkeeper has managed to concede only one goal in each.
He’s made a series of incredible saves to help Rangers progress in Europe. It’s fair to say without his domestic displays also, Rangers wouldn’t be just the four points behind Celtic.
Plenty of points saved
Nobody can put into numbers just how many points McGregor has saved for Rangers this season. The main thing is, however, it’s never looked like he’s been away from Glasgow.
His incredible displays at Ibrox have also seen him overtake Craig Gordon as Scotland’s number one. McGregor had initially dropped his place to David Marshall and latterly Gordon during his time at Hull City. Finally, however, he’s impressed Alex McLeish enough to earn his place back again. Appearances against Albania and Israel have solidified that.
Everyone will have their own opinion on who Rangers’ best signing has been. Connor Goldson and Ryan Kent will be among the favourites. Perhaps you’re a fan of Ovie Ejaria or even like Lassana Coulibaly despite his omission from the team and drop in form.
For us, it’s McGregor hands down. He brings a commanding nature to the penalty area, and is an instant upgrade on Wes Foderingham. Foderingham was a capable goalkeeper in his own right, but McGregor is a cut above.
Rangers will just be hoping that he’s at Ibrox for the long-term as he enters his twilight years