Scotland’s rather dismal start to life under Alex McLeish is showing no signs of ending. They were leading 1-0 against Israel on Thursday night, only for a Dor Peretz strike and a Kieran Tierney own goal to hand the hosts a deserved comeback win.
But there was something to cheer, at least for Rangers fans.
Allan McGregor has been superb since he returned to Ibrox on a free transfer from Hull City in the summer and transferred that form to the international stage.
McLeish handed McGregor a place in the starting XI ahead of Celtic’s Craig Gordon and he took his chance with both hands, literally and metaphorically. The 36-year-old made a string of fantastic saves which stopped a disappointing defeat from turning into a dismantling.
It was the sort of virtuoso display that McGregor has produced between the sticks all season for his club, including in last week’s 3-1 victory against Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts.
On this form, McGregor has an excellent chance to secure Scotland’s number one jersey ahead of his Celtic counterpart Gordon.
So the form of their uber-reliable shot-stopper should give Rangers a reason to be pleased for club and country going forward.