Ibrox legend Andy Goram hails the importance of Allan McGregor to Rangers

goalkeeper Allan McGregor of Rangers FC controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League group G match between BSC Young Boys and Rangers FC at Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf on October 3, 2019...

The Ibrox goalkeeper continues to make crucial saves deep into his long Rangers career.

goalkeeper Allan McGregor of Rangers FC controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League group G match between BSC Young Boys and Rangers FC at Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf on October 3, 2019...

Rangers legend Andy Goram believes Allan McGregor is as important as ever to the Ibrox club, also revealing that he played an early role in the player's young career, The Scottish Sun report.

A homegrown hero of the Gers' academy, the 37-year-old has made over 300 appearances in two spells at the club.

This season he continues to make important stops between the sticks, with Steven Gerrard trusting him to be his side's number one goalkeeper, despite his age.

Goram thinks that can continue for a number of years yet, tipping the player to start matches until he's 40.

The 90s hero has long been a fan of the goalkeeper, recommending him to coaches back when McGregor was just a teenager.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Goram explained: "I had him at 15 when he used to come in to train at Ibrox and even then you could see he was going to be something. He was a good size for a keeper, even then. The late Alan Hodgkinson was the goalkeeping coach and I said to him to get Allan in with the first team.

"He came in during school holidays and you could see straight away he had something different. I’m just glad he’s gone on and done what he has.

"Certainly without him this season I think Rangers would be struggling, because he’s making saves at vital times. He’ll play for a while yet, no bother at all."

Asked for how long, Goram replied: "The way he’s playing he could play for another two or three years, no bother and as he’s got older he’s taken on the responsibility."

 

Is that feasible?

As long as McGregor keeps performing well and enjoys pulling on the Rangers jersey, there's no reason to think he won't be a mainstay in the Scottish Premiership for a number of years.

Rangers have the best defensive record in the league right now and McGregor has helped keep ten clean sheets in the early part of the season.

Allan McGregor of Rangers FC reacts during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

He isn't just an excellent shot-stopper but also organiser of the defence.

That influence is likely to play not only a huge part in Rangers' quest for trophies this season, but throughout Gerrard's reign as Ibrox boss.

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