Rangers have announced that Allan McGregor will be signing on at Ibrox for another year and it’s surely saved the club a transfer fortune heading into next season.

Greegsy’s new deal will see the legendary stopper – who came through the youth ranks at Ibrox – turn 40 whilst playing between the sticks for the Gers in the next campaign.

This season, the veteran goalkeeper has shown exactly why Steven Gerrard brought him back to Glasgow and why the Rangers boss is so desperate to keep him around even longer.

McGregor’s contribution to Rangers this season has been legendary – the array of world-class saves, the driving aggression behind the team, the rolling back the years mate by match and game by game.

 

Not only that but the keeper’s presence is something which automatically gives Rangers a special edge, something evidenced by the nervous finishing of Celtic in the last Old Firm, McGregor seemingly a magnet to the ball in the middle of the goal.

A lot of people have Allan marked down as their Player of the Year but in a season where the Ibrox club have enjoyed near-total domestic dominance, it feels unlikely the keeper will get the kudos.

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But that’s not to talk down the remarkable contribution to the Ibrox side’s season so far, with McGregor standing up and winning the club invaluable points on his own.

Good goalkeepers are not ten-a-penny and whenever McGregor hangs up his gloves Rangers will have a sizeable gap to fill in the squad.

In today’s market, Rangers would be looking at north of £5m – pre-contracts providing – to sign a stopper who can replace the great man’s presence.

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Allan McGregor has made 37 appearances for Rangers this season, keeping 20 clean sheets, and it’ll cost a small transfer fortune to replace the keeper. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But the threat of McGregor retiring has been knocked back for another season at least with that investment now able to be spent elsewhere as the Gers prepare an assault on the Champions League.

McGregor’s contract extension does raise questions over the immediate future of one of the Ibrox club’s leading Academy talents.

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