ALLAN McGREGOR is poised to make his 400th appearance for Rangers against St Mirren in Paisley this afternoon.
The former Scotland international goalkeeper, who will celebrate his 39th birthday next month, has played a key role in the Ibrox revival under Steven Gerrard this season.
And No.2 Gary McAllister is quick to pay tribute to McGregor by insisting he deserves to be afforded the same acclaim as Gers’ legendary No.1 Andy Goram, a former Scots team-mate of the former Liverpool midfielder.
After signing from Hibs in 1991, the netminder played 260 games over seven seasons which saw him win 10 major domestic honours with the Ibrox outfit before he was released by incoming Dutchman Dick Advocaat.
McGregor is now in his second stint at the club, having left in 2012 for spells with Turkish outfit Besiktas and Hull City before returning in the summer of 2018.
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McAllister, speaking in The Scotsman, said: “Allan is obviously a player who plays with loads of emotion, he is a very passionate man and he is a winner. Over the time that I have been here, I always look at Allan in comparison to Andy Goram and they are very similar.
“They are both terrific shotstoppers, both fantastic professionals, train extremely hard and their work ethic is stunning to see.
“That is why Andy played for so long and why Allan has done so, too. Certainly, 400 appearances for Rangers is a stunning sum of games. I’m delighted for him. But it is off the back of hard work and you don’t achieve that sum of games if you are not dedicated. Allan is a true professional.”
McGregor’s current contract is scheduled to expire at the end of this season and it remains uncertain whether he will extend his playing career beyond next summer.
However, McAllister is convinced he is capable of doing so and added: “That comes from within Allan, it’s about how much he wants to go on and how much he can put his body through.
“He probably does have to manage his body differently to when he was a younger man. He is experienced enough for his gut to tell him when it is time or whether he can go on. Looking at him at the moment, he is in great condition.”