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Rangers fans are absolutely spot on: Allan McGregor simply must win Player of the Month

Rangers fans are absolutely spot on: Allan McGregor simply must win Player of the Month

Rangers supporters have been somewhat quieter in recent times after seeing their team suffer their first defeat under Steven Gerrard last weekend.

The Light Blues went into their encounter with Old Firm rivals Celtic at Parkhead off the back of qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League as well as making an unbeaten start to the domestic season, but they were comfortably second-best against the Bhoys on Sunday. An Olivier Ntcham strike was enough to seal a deserved 1-0 win for Brendan Rodgers’ side to condemn Gerrard to his first loss in charge of Rangers, thus leaving them with five points from their opening four Scottish Premiership games.

Thus, there have been many disappointed Gers supporters up and down the country in recent times, although some have taken to Twitter to suggest that goalkeeper Allan McGregor should win the club’s Player of the Month award for August.

And while other nominees Alfredo Morelos and Connor Goldson deserve credit for also making solid starts to the 2018/19 season, those Rangers fans calling for the £900,000-rated goalkeeper (as per Transfermarkt) to win the award are absolutely spot on.

Ultimately, the 36-year-old was one of Gerrard’s first signings in charge of the Light Blues during the summer to underline just how much he felt the goalkeeping ranks needed improving at Ibrox, and the Scotland international’s efforts so far emphasise that he was right to lure him back to Rangers, six years after leaving the club.

The former Hull City and Besiktas shot-stopper immediately became the club’s number one, and that has proven to be the right decision with McGregor shipping just seven goals in 11 appearances for the Light Blues this term, keeping six clean sheets along the way.

Five of those clean sheets came in their qualification campaign for the Europa League, in which the 36-year-old particularly shone to keep his side in matches against Maribor and Ufa, the former of which seeing him save a penalty – thus, he was as influential as any in keeping them in Europe this season.

In fact, their Europa League campaign could well have been over were it not for some of the saves McGregor produced, especially in their away matches, over the course of the last few weeks, with his efforts rightly earning him a return to the Scotland national team – he has been outstanding.

And while messrs Morelos and Goldson deserve mentions and thus their nominations following their exploits in August, those Rangers fans calling for McGregor to win the award are absolutely spot on given how influential he was last month.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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