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FINAL HURRAH? ‘YOU NEVER KNOW,’ SAYS McGREGOR

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keeper Allan McGregor may NOT have had his last hurrah at Rangers.

The 40-year-old former Scotland international No.1 looked to have taken a bow when he came on for a cameo appearance in the 2-0 Scottish Cup Final extra-time triumph over Hearts at Hampden.

However, McGregor, who is now out of contract, insists he has yet to make up his mind on his future and will have talks with the Ibrox club before he makes the dramatic decision.

He said: “I haven’t thought about it as the last few months have been hectic.

“Since the last international break, there have been games almost every midweek. I have just been focusing on the next game and that was the last one.

“I will speak to the club soon enough and take it from there.

FINAL BOW…Allan McGregor receives a hug from Giovanni van Bronckhorst before his Hampden appearance.

“How’s the body? I don’t know. I haven’t had a holiday for a while!

“After a holiday, I could come back and do a pre-season, you never know. We will see. I can speak to the club easily and they can speak to me easily.

“It’s not a big problem, it’s not a heated discussion – it’s just a general chat to see what the script is.

“Then we will take it from there.”

Jon McLaughlin again got the nod from manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst to start in the showpiece encounter as he has in all games in the competition throughout the season.

McGregor watched from the substitutes’ bench until his appearance with just 90 seconds to go of the added-on time and, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, added: “It was great for the team and the club to win the trophy.

“It’s a great achievement from the boys to go and win the game in extra-time – three days after playing extra-time in Seville.

“That shows the character we have – the boys looked fit.”

ON AND OFF…Allan McGregor goes onto the pitch as Jon McLaughlin says farewell.

McGregor gave boss Van Bronckhorst a hug before racing onto the pitch to a large cheer from the celebrating Gers support with the team easing towards the silverware after two goals from former Aberdeen duo Ryan Jack, with a whizzbang 18-yard effort that almost ripped the net away, and Scott Wright who cemented the victory with an angled drive into the far corner.

The netminder’s cameo outing made it 469 appearances for the Ibrox club and he has now picked up 13 honours across his two spells.

Only a world-class save from 39-year-old Hearts captain Craig Gordon, a former Scotland glove rival of McGregor, to defy a whiplash low drive from Joe Aribo prevented the Ibrox men from winning right at the end of the regulation 90 minutes.

Leon Balogun and Wright had also come extremely close with second-half headers with the Tynecastle No.1 rooted to the line.

At the other end, McLaughlin did not have a solitary effort on target although a first-half Liam Boyce attempt created panic before Ellis Simms could only manage to prod the ball against the outside of the post from almost on the line.

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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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