Former Rangers defender Colin Hendry believes current Ibrox number two Gary McAllister is the best player he played with during his career – and thinks McAllister’s hugely successful stint at Liverpool is proof.
Hendry played alongside some incredible players during his career with the likes of Rangers and Blackburn, winning the Premier League title at Ewood Park, but it is his former Scotland skipper who stands out as the best.
The former Gers star was full of praise for McAllister and it left a big mark on Hendry, who teamed with the likes of Alan Shearer at Blackburn.
“The best ever footballer I played with was Scottish, it was Gary McAllister,” Hendry told Si Ferry on Open Goal.
“The reason I said that is he left Coventry to go to Liverpool at the ripe old age of 34 or 35 and was instrumental in Liverpool winning three trophies, the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup.
“As a captain for Scotland when I played with him, and I also played with him at Coventry, he wouldn’t ask you to do anything he couldn’t do himself.
“Not every captain can do that.”
Hendry won a treble at Ibrox but never seemed to properly settle at Ibrox under Dick Advocaat and left the club just as his second season at Rangers was getting underway.
McAllister and Hendry played together at, what must now be considered, the modern peak for the Scottish national team as they reached Euro 96 and France 98 before the core of Craig Brown’s side was broken up by Berti Vogts.
Given some of the players Hendry played alongside for club and country, picking McAllister out as the best he played alongside just shows how good the Ibrox number two was before hanging up his boots.