Steven Gerrard’s side returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon following their Betfred Cup disappointment and 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock in midweek.
It’s been a testing few days for Gerrard both on and off the field, with financial reports painting a grim outlook for the future at Ibrox.
But attention returned to the field once again on Saturday as Rangers put their problems to one side by recording a 2-0 win over St Mirren, but they left it late to seal the points.
Indeed, the travelling Gers faithful had to wait until the 80th minute to celebrate Daniel Candieas’ opener before Alfredo Morelos made sure of the points by adding a decisive second in injury time.
It was far from vintage stuff from the Gers but, crucially, it was a result which allowed them to stay within four points of Celtic.
In the aftermath of proceedings BBC Scotland’s Colin Moffat delivered his analysis on the result and he was eager to single out Alan McGregor for praise for keeping a clean sheet.
‘Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor returned for his 300th club appearance after being rested for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock.
‘And the experienced Scotland international immediately showed his worth. First, he made a great save to tip over a powerful, curling free-kick from Ian McShane, then another smart stop as Ryan Edwards fired in a rising shot on the turn.’
McGregor was perhaps a tad fortunate not to concede after making a notable mistake at the end of the first-half, but that should not overshadow another excellent performance from the experienced international.
Gerrard’s decision to re-sign McGregor in the summer appears to be one which is paying off so far, with his experience clearly shining through and providing the club with a commanding presence between the sticks.
And if Rangers are to have any chance of challenging Celtic for the SPFL title this season, they will need the 36-year-old veteran to continue making saves of the standard which he made on Saturday afternoon.
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