RANGERS are thrilled to announce goalkeeper Allan McGregor has these days signed a one-year contract extension.
McGregor, 40, has made an astonishing 469 appearances for the membership to this point, with 48 of them coming closing season the place he made an enormous contribution to Gers attaining the UEFA Europa League ultimate.
After coming in the course of the membership’s adolescence programme, McGregor featured at the substitutes bench for the Light Blues way back to January 1999 when he used to be simply 16, in an away fit at Dundee.
It wasn’t till the 2001/02 marketing campaign that he was a extra acquainted determine across the first-team as a lot of skilled goalkeepers departed, that means he was the everlasting quantity two to the mythical Stefan Klos. His debut for the membership got here in a Scottish Cup tie at Forfar Athletic within the February of that season, with the membership occurring to win each that and the League Cup that 12 months.
Klos performed each fit within the 2002/03 season, however McGregor nonetheless picked up medals as Gers accrued the treble.
His construction used to be furthered with mortgage spells at St Johnstone and Dunfermline Athletic, earlier than his giant likelihood got here in season 2006/07.
Injuries to Lionel Letizi allowed McGregor to say the beginning jersey for himself, and below Paul le Guen, Walter Smith and Ally McCoist, he will be the first-choice goalkeeper for the following six seasons, profitable 3 league titles, 3 League Cups and an additional Scottish Cup winners’ medal.
He departed Gers in the summertime of 2012, however jumped on the likelihood to go back below Steven Gerrard in 2018, the place he re-established himself as the number 1.
Arguably, his 2d spell has been much more spectacular, and he gained each the Rangers and SPFL ‘Player of the Year’ awards in 2020/21 as Rangers claimed name quantity 55 with an improbable 25 blank sheets.
After lacking the 2008 UEFA Cup ultimate thru harm, he after all were given to seem in a European ultimate for Gers in Seville on the finish of closing season, whilst he additionally after all seemed in a Scottish Cup ultimate, with Jon McLaughlin making manner for the overall mins of the 2-0 win over Hearts. McGregor’s earlier 3 Scottish Cup winners’ medals had been instead.
His improbable revel in will as soon as once more be part of the goalkeeping and wider enjoying pool for the season forward at Ibrox for the approaching season.
Speaking as he signed his new deal, McGregor commented: “I’m obviously delighted. At the end of last season, there were a lot of games and a lot of concentration on the games.
“I then had a couple of weeks’ holiday and really thought about it and spoke to a lot of people about it, and everybody said to play as long as you can.
“After the break, that’s what I was thinking myself, so here we are.”
Manager, Gio van Bronckhorst, mentioned: “Allan brings us invaluable experience and leadership both on and off the pitch, and I am really pleased he has chosen to stay with us for another year.
“I have been really impressed with the positive influence he has on our players, and also the dedication he has shown to still be a valuable asset for us in a playing-sense at the age of 40.
Goalkeeping coach, Colin Stewart, added: “I’m delighted that Allan has extended his contract at the club.
“This season we have a really strong goalkeeping squad at the club, and I predict a really healthy competition for places.”
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