Whilst Alfredo Morelos has been linked with a move away from Glasgow Rangers in recent months – with recent reports revealing Lille remain interested in the Colombia international – Allan McGregor’s potential departure would be an equally devastating blow for Steven Gerrard.
The veteran goalkeeper is enjoying a stellar campaign between the sticks at Ibrox this season, having conceded just one goal and kept six clean sheets in the Scottish Premiership.
However, his contract with the 54-time Scottish champions is set to expire at the end of the season, which means the club risk losing him as a free agent in the summer if he agrees to a pre-contract deal in January.
He said: “Even though he’s my best friend, take that out of it, I mean, I would literally give him a contract until he wanted to retire, that’s how highly I rate him.
“He’s a leading figure, he’s in a good place right now, he’s very fit, he looks after himself. He’s another one, an integral part of that squad as well.
“I would want to tie him down, and for me, I would just keep it rolling, he is that good, that good at the moment so it wouldn’t surprise me if they wanted to sign him for at least another year.”
It’s fair to say that his performances in recent weeks have warranted him to be rewarded with a new deal, having been trusted for most Europa League games so far this season.
With Leon Balogun and Connor Goldson forming a blossoming partnership at the back, together the trio have created a nigh-on impenetrable fortress at Ibrox, as Rangers have conceded a combined total of just nine goals in both domestic and European competitions so far.
For his part, McGregor has proven to be a dependable asset under Gerrard, as he was given the gloves to face Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Parkhead back in October.
Despite his age, it would be a real shame to see the 38-year-old leave the Gers as a free agent at the end of the season, as he has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Gerrard heaped praise on McGregor after the “superb” stopper kept another clean sheet in the 4-0 win over Willem II in Tilburg during the qualifying rounds of the Europa League.
If he can help the Gers regain the title for the first time since the 2010-11 season, then we can see no reason why he won’t write his name into the history books.
Whilst much of the focus will be on Morelos, Ross Wilson and co must ensure that McGregor commits his future to the club and return the favour by rewarding him with a new and improved contract.