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Rangers: Ross Wilson endured January disaster at Ibrox

Rangers won 2-1 in their last Premiership match ahead of the international break on Sunday as the Ibrox giants remain in the race to win the title this season.

The Gers are currently three points behind their arch-rivals in the table as it stands and face off against them in their next league outing in just under two weeks.

Gio van Bronckhorst’s side let a lead slip at the Premiership summit in recent months but still have a chance to turn it back around before the end of the campaign.

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One player who played a part in the club dropping off the top of the table was veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who has been at fault in the league of late.

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Ross Wilson played a disasterclass in January as he failed to provide van Bronckhorst with a replacement for the experienced Scot. The club were linked with a pre-contract swoop for Benjamin Siegrist, who could have then been signed on a bargain deal in the winter market, but failed to secure a deal for his services.

He has only made one error leading to a goal in the entire campaign for Dundee United and has averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 6.96 across 27 appearances – making 3.0 saves per game at a success rate of 72%.

McGregor has, meanwhile, made three errors leading to goals and one error leading to a shot whilst averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.80. He has made 1.8 saves per game at a success rate of 68%, which suggests that the United man has been the superior – less error-prone – shot-stopper out of the two.

Although, it is also worth noting that these statistics do not encompass all aspects of goalkeeping. For example, Dundee FC’s goal on Sunday would not go down as a direct mistake by the 40-year-old despite some fans potentially seeing it as one as he watched a cross sail across his six-yard box before being bundled in as he watched on.

The ex-Hull ‘keeper’s failure to keep out a low shot at his near post in a recent 2-2 draw with Motherwell – costing the Gers two points – would also not count as an error, despite his mistake letting the side down.

Although, another game in which he cost the club two points did consist of two ‘errors’ leading to goals. He gifted two strikes to Ross County in a 3-3 draw at the end of January, which suggests that Rangers could be four points better off – and top of the table – with a better goalkeeper between the sticks.

This is why it was a disaster from Wilson in opting against a deal for Siegrist and deciding to keep 40-year-old McGregor as the club’s number one in both the Europa League and Premiership, as his displays in the latter have been letting the side down.

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The statistics suggest that the 6 foot 4 Swiss stopper would have been a difference-making signing that would have the Gers at the top of the table, as his form for United suggests that he would not have made the point-costing errors that the current Gers first-choice has made.

A costly one that got away but they will have the chance to swoop the SPFL gem, who Micky Mellon dubbed a “monster” and “one of the best in the country”, up for nothing at the end of the campaign if he does not sign a contract extension with Dundee United.

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