Veteran Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor is set to extend his stay at the club, according to a report from STV.
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The 37-year-old has earned a new contract at Ibrox after triggering a contract extension due to the number of senior appearances he has made for the ‘Gers since returning to the club for a second spell in 2018, as claimed by STV.
He has played in all but four of their matches so far this season, being ever-present in their Europa League group campaign, and has kept a clean sheet in 15 of his 28 appearances this term (53.6% of games). He has shipped just 18 goals in that time, a fine concession rate of 0.64 goals per game. [via TransferMarkt]
That return is admittedly amplified by the seven Europa League qualifying matches in which he kept five clean sheets and let in only three goals (as per TransferMarkt), although the figures are quite impressive nonetheless.
His performances this season have earned praise from Football Insider pundit Noel Whelan, who said that “good goalkeepers are hard to come by” when discussing McGregor.
Also, the UEFA.com match report from Rangers’ recent 2-2 draw at Feyenoord noted that “the visitors were grateful to Allan McGregor for restricting the damage” in a first half that the home side dominated, while plenty of ‘Gers fans took to Twitter after that game to salute the veteran’s display.
The 37-year-old has Wes Foderingham and Andy Firth as his backup in the Light Blues’ squad. The former has played just four times this season, with three goals conceded and one clean sheet, and has let in 144 goals in 142 games for Rangers (1.01 per game).
The latter has yet to play this term and has been on the bench only four times, with a mere seven minutes of game-time for the ‘Gers since signing from Barrow last year – and he still conceded a goal in that seven-minute spell.
Although McGregor is set to turn 38 at the end of next month, his excellent clean sheet record and low concession tally this season illustrate that he is still performing to a very high standard.
Also, with neither Foderingham nor Firth looking like the most reliable of backups judging by their statistics, the impending contract extension for the 330-game veteran who continues to perform a key role appears a smart piece of business from Rangers.
Not only is he loved by fans, a fantastic goalkeeper and a leader in the dressing room, they simply don’t have any better options without spending money in the transfer market, so tying him down would be nothing short of a stroke of genius from a club that is becoming increasingly well-run with Gerrard at the helm.
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