Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton has claimed that Ibrox goalkeeper Allan McGregor could stay at the club and embark on his coaching career in Glasgow.
The Lowdown: Mega-money offer
According to reports, the veteran stopper has been offered the chance to end his career in the United Arab Emirates after receiving a lucrative two-year contract. However, it is also claimed that the ‘keeper has entered talks with Rangers over a combined role involving coaching and playing duties.
The Latest: Hutton’s claims
Hutton has claimed that he can now see his former team-mate heading down the coaching path, rather than accepting the offer from the UAE.
When asked in an interview with Football Insider whether a coaching role would be something that McGregor would consider, the ex-Scotland right-back claimed: “I think he would.
“If you asked me that a couple of years ago, I would have said definitely not. But the older he has got, the more you can see that pathway into coaching opening up.
“If Rangers are there to help him along the way with badges and so on, it’s always a little bit easier when you’re already in the building. You know everybody and you feel comfortable – so it’s something he’ll look at.
“I’ve always told him that he needs something to keep his mind active when he does retire, and that could be the route forward for him.”
The Verdict: Sign him up
Despite his age, the former Scotland international played 47 times for the Gers last season, including 14 matches in the Light Blues’ incredible Europa League campaign.
Having played more than 330 times in the Premiership, Rangers could utilise McGregor’s experience on their coaching staff, with the ‘keeper clearly knowing the club inside and out from his 446 appearances in blue.
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Furthermore, Giovanni van Bronckhorst could continue to use the 40-year-old as a squad option, adding depth to a crucial position. Therefore, a joint role would be brilliant for all parties involved.
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