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Transfer battle: Allan McGregor vs Craig Gordon

Both Rangers’ Allan McGregor and Celtic’s Craig Gordon are getting on in years, with the former being 36 and the latter 35. 

But that doesn’t stop them still being very good players, particularly given the longevity of goalkeepers in the game.

Both look likely to finish their careers at the Scottish giants, having travelled about over the years.

They may be senior figures, but that doesn’t stop us comparing these two transfers…

Allan McGregor

Rangers signed McGregor at the beginning of the season, and he has been a force in between the sticks since then.

Not only has he been superb for Rangers, but for Scotland too. He has already made three appearances for his country this year, the most since 2013.

His performance against Israel epitomised how good a signing McGregor has been, as he is in superb form. If it were not for the 36-year-old’s brilliance with the gloves, Scotland could have been looking at a serious thrashing.

Rangers look to have made a seriously good acquisition.

TT Grade A+

Craig Gordon

Gordon has been imperious in goal for Celtic since signing from Sunderland in 2014.

He’s won four Scottish Premiership titles, three Scottish League Cups, two Scottish Cups and the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 2014/15.

However, he has been a member of a very dominant team, and while that doesn’t discredit his performances and ability, it suggests that his job may have been made slightly easier.

He is yet to feature for the Scotland team in 2018, which could be a suggestion that he is on the wane, especially in the eyes of national manager Alex McLeish. Nonetheless, that doesn’t take anything away from everything that he has achieved at Celtic Park.

TT Grade A

TT Verdict:

The deciding factor in this battle is the attention that either player is getting on the national front.

McGregor’s seismic displays for Scotland recently, particularly against Israel, mean he just edges this battle. Both are in the denouement of their careers, and while McGregor is a year older than his rival Gordon, he is showing no signs of relenting.

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