The official UEFA Europa League Twitter account has praised Rangers star Allan McGregor for his ‘sensational’ double-save against Sparta Prague.

Prior to last week’s encounter with the Czech giants at Ibrox, the veteran keeper had been receiving criticism.

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The official UEFA Europa League account praised Rangers keeper Allan McGregor for a ‘sensational’ double-stop against Sparta Prague. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A number of avoidable goals had been scored against the Gers on his watch and some feared that at 39 years old, he was finished.

However, when he clawed away a close-range header with his right hand and then brilliantly diverted away the follow-up effort with his left foot to ensure his side maintained the two-goal margin they needed to progress, he silenced many of his critics.

Earlier this week, the Europa League account asked their 8.8 million followers who they would rather have between the sticks – McGregor or Celtic’s Joe Hart.

Over 30,000 votes were cast and McGregor triumphed in the end, with 55.9% of the votes.

Perhaps because he won, the account tweeted footage of the former Scotland international’s heroics against Sparta on Wednesday evening.

The content went down well with fans, racking up several thousand likes and hundreds of retweets.

McGregor didn’t have much to do at Easter Road on Wednesday night as Rangers defeated Hibernian 1-0 but it seems clear that now Giovanni van Bronckhorst is in charge, the constant rotation of the goalkeepers is a thing of the past.

The 39-year-old has played in each of GvB’s first three matches and is highly likely to keep his place when Dundee visit Ibrox on Saturday.

Before the fixture at Easter Road, the manager explained Ryan Jack’s absence from the matchday squad.

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