RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard praised keeper Allan McGregor after his flawless performance in the goalless Europa League stalemate against Villarreal at Ibrox last night.

The Scotland international No.1 pulled off a string of super saves to deny the Spaniards and set up the team for a last-day showdown in Austria on December 13.

A win over Rapid Vienna in matchday six will see the Govan outfit into the knock-out stages of the competition and guarantee European football after the turn of the year.

A delighted Gerrard said: “Allan again was world class. His form’s been incredible since day one. He comes big for us on two occasions with two world-class saves.

“I’m running out of things to say about him, just one word, really – wow!

“He’s been top-class since day one, every single day in training and all the games.”

The modest McGregor played down his display. Speaking of one particular stop from Karl Toko Ekambi, he said: “It’s just luck. You just make yourself as big as you can and stick your hand up and luckily for me it hit my hand.

“I take things day by day, match by match. I do what I need to do off the park, go to the gym before training, and I feel really good, so I’ll just keep doing it.”

The Gers battled to a point with only 10 men after Portuguese winger Daniel Caneias was sent off in the first-half after picking up two yellow cards.

It’s the second time in recent weeks the player has seen red. He was also banished by referee Willie Collum in the Ibrox side’s 2-0 win over St Mirren at Paisley.

Candeias was cautioned by the match official for celebrating with the fans behind the goal following his opening strike 10 minutes from time. He got involved with Saints defender Anton Ferdinand after Alfredo Morelos’ stoppage-time second goal.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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