Rangers failed to make the most of their rivals slipping up on Sunday as Gio van Bronckhorst’s Gers side were held to a 2-2 draw by Motherwell in the Premiership.
Celtic failed to win earlier in the day and that gave Gio van Bronckhorst’s side a chance to close the gap to one point with a win at Ibrox.
Instead, they let a two-goal lead slip and came away with a draw. An own goal from Bevis Mugabi and a fine strike from Fashion Sakala put Rangers in what appeared to be a comfortable position, but the away side fought back to claim a point in Glasgow.
One player who cost the Gers on the day was Allan McGregor as he conceded two goals from three shots, with the second strike somehow squeezing past him at the near post.
This is not the first time the £13k-per-week liability has cost Rangers points this season, with SofaScore judging him to have made one error leading to a shot and three errors directly leading to goals – a statistic that comes from weak parries or passes resulting in goals.
The stat does not take into account him letting in shots that he should be expected to save, although they are hard to quantify without the expected goals statistic available.
Charlie Nicholas blasted the veteran earlier this year and explained that he was surprised when the club opted against signing a new shot-stopper to replace him. He said:
“I really expected Rangers to sign another goalkeeper and he would get the gloves. McGregor has made too many mistakes this season and that is why I think it has been a season too far.
“He has been nowhere near close to good enough over the course of the campaign. McGregor hasn’t been up to his usual standards.”
Rangers cannot afford to keep allowing the 40-year-old to cost them vital points in the Premiership as they chase Celtic for the title this season. Therefore, van Bronckhorst must ruthlessly axe him from the team in their clash against St. Johnstone this week.
Jon McLaughlin should be given the opportunity to show that he can be more reliable as the number one option during the run-in. The ex-Sunderland shot-stopper will surely be desperate for a chance to prove himself after watching his teammate’s fumbles in recent weeks and the Dutch head coach should now axe McGregor and give him a go in the starting XI.