Darren McGregor explains why he had to leave Rangers

Former Rangers defender McGregor chose to sign with Hibs this week.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Darren McGregor has admitted that he had to leave Rangers to ensure he could continue playing consistently with no guarantees given by Mark Warburton.

McGregor said: “To be fair to the gaffer I commend his honesty because he could have had me on the periphery for weeks as a back-up in case someone got injured. However, he was really honest and transparent and said, ‘Darren at your age you need to be playing – you can’t come chapping on my door in a few months asking why you’re not getting games. I’m telling you now.’

“He and David Weir were great and told me I should go and play. It was great at Rangers but you need to be playing. I’m lucky I have landed on my feet at another brilliant club with a fantastic stadium to boot.”

McGregor failed to make a single appearance for the Gers before having his contract cancelled earlier this week, appearing just once on the substitutes bench in the Challenge Cup victory over Hibs.

It is with those opponents HIbs that McGregor has now signed, and he will be lining up against Rangers in the Scottish Championship, with the two sides expected to be fighting to win the title.

McGregor, 30, is sure to play much more frequently with his new club, and he has admitted that playing time was a key factor behind his departure from Ibrox.

He has also admitted that he was told by Warburton and David Weir to leave the Gers, considering he had played so little. Warburton has shown he is looking for an energetic side which McGregor would not fit in to, and he was a wise manager to talk to his player concerning a potential exit.

McGregor has been a good servant for Rangers over the years, but it was clear he would have not featured much this campaign, and he has made the wise choice leaving Ibrox for greener pastures.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch