A major Rangers claim has emerged on Allan McGregor’s future at Ibrox heading into the summer transfer window with Giovanni van Bronckhorst now seemingly keen on keeping him.
Glasgow Times reporter Chris Jack has claimed that the veteran is poised to sign a fresh contract to keep him with Rangers next season.
He Tweeted: “Allan McGregor set to extend Rangers stay and make coaching move at Ibrox.”
The Ibrox head coach will be delighted with this news for multiple reasons.
Firstly, it means that he will have the experienced shot-stopper as an option to call upon throughout the 2021/22 campaign.
Rangers are set to compete in the Champions League – or Europa League if they drop out of the qualifiers – the Premiership, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup next term. This means that there will be plenty of minutes to share around and McGregor can be used when needed.
Given his age – 40 – and the fact that he made three costly errors leading to goals in the league last season, now could be the right time to bring in a new number one. The former Scotland international can then be a number two and use his experience to be a back-up.
He has shown that he does still have big performances in the locker despite his age. In the Europa League, he averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 6.99 as he started 14 games in the run to the final and saved 73% of the shots against him throughout the tournament.
This means that he can be a decent option for van Bronckhorst to use in order to give his first choice a rest, if Ross Wilson is able to bring a new number one to Ibrox in the coming months of the window.
The Gers head coach will also be delighted by the prospect of McGregor joining the coaching set-up in Glasgow as he is a vastly-experienced operator who can impart his knowledge on the young players at the club.
He has played 446 games for Rangers throughout his career and earned 42 caps for Scotland, winning four Premiership titles along the way. This shows that he knows exactly what it takes to perform for the club and his experience can make him a useful member of the coaching staff moving forward.
Therefore, van Bronckhorst will be buzzing with this news because of what it means for his squad next season and for the future of his backroom team.