Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst will need to make a big decision on Ibrox shot-stopper Allan McGregor in the coming months.
The veteran goalkeeper is out of contract this summer and the Dutchman will need to decide whether or not he wants to keep him as his number one heading into next season, assuming the Scot wants to continue his playing career.
At the age of 40, he is in the twilight of his Gers spell and it could be time to move on from him. Rangers must bring in a new goalkeeper to take over from McGregor for the 2022/23 campaign, whether that means that the current number one is released or made a backup player.
The Light Blues have been linked with a swoop for Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist, with the Swiss shot-stopper also out of contract this year. They are reportedly looking at a pre-contract deal for the 30-year-old and Ross Wilson must now ensure that he can secure a major deal for his services.
Rangers were given a front-row seat to his masterclass on Sunday as he sent a huge message to the powers that be at Ibrox.
He made a sublime close-range save after a clever header from Joe Aribo in the second half to keep his side 1-0 up at the time. Journalist Josh Bunting then described his stop from Fashion Sakaka, who turned out to be offside, as “unbelievable”, and he also stopped Alfredo Morelos from scoring with an excellent block at the near post.
Siegrist had no chance to stop Aribo’s leveller, but his impressive saves earned his team a point and Wilson will surely have raised an eyebrow at the shot-stopper’s performance.
“He’s a top drawer goalkeeper. At the end of the day, you have to be good enough to beat him and he’s made some terrific saves.
“To come to a place like Hibs and get a result, you need a good goalkeeper and he’s done that today.”
Wilson and van Bronckhorst must now agree between them to sign the Swiss machine in the summer. He has shown that he is capable of being a difference-maker between the sticks in the Premiership and he could win vital points for the Gers next season if they are able to bring him in.
It will then be down to the club to decide whether they want him to replace McGregor or challenge him. Either way, Siegrist should be at Ibrox come the start of next season.