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McGREGOR AGREES NEW DEAL

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VETERAN keeper Allan McGregor has agreed a one-year contract extension at Rangers.

The deal will take the 40-year-old former Scotland international No.1 into his sixteenth year at the club over two spells at Ibrox.

McGregor’s terms expired last month and it was thought he was set to leave after coming on for the remaining handful of minutes of their Scottish Cup Final extra-time win against Hearts.

The shotstopper played a crucial role as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side reached the Europa League Final last month and was helpless to prevent their penalty-kick shoot-out loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville.

McGregor, speaking to the club website, said: “I’m obviously delighted.

ON GUARD…Allan McGregor is ready for action in the league game against Motherwell at Fir Park in October.

“At the end of last season, there were a lot of games and a lot of concentration on the games.

“I then had a couple of weeks’ holiday and really thought about it, spoke to a lot of people about it and everybody said to play as long as you can.

“After the break, that’s what I was thinking myself, so here we are.”

Boss Van Bronckhorst added: “Allan brings us invaluable experience and leadership both on and off the pitch and I am really pleased he has chosen to stay with us for another year.

“I have been really impressed with the positive influence he has on our players and also the dedication he has shown to still be a valuable asset for us in a playing-sense at the age of 40.”

McGregor will now battle with Jon McLaughlin for the gloves in the new campaign.

He is the third experienced player to re-sign after Steve Davis, 37, and 33-year-old Scott Arfield agreed to new deals.

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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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