RANGERS are delighted to announce goalkeeper Allan McGregor has today signed a one-year contract extension.
McGregor, 40, has made an astonishing 469 appearances for the club to date, with 48 of them coming last season where he made a huge contribution to Gers reaching the UEFA Europa League final.
After coming through the club’s youth programme, McGregor featured on the substitutes bench for the Light Blues as far back as January 1999 when he was just 16, in an away match at Dundee.
It wasn’t until the 2001/02 campaign that he became a more familiar figure around the first-team as a number of experienced goalkeepers departed, meaning he became the permanent number two to the legendary Stefan Klos. His debut for the club came in a Scottish Cup tie at Forfar Athletic in the February of that season, with the club going on to win both that and the League Cup that year.
Klos played every match in the 2002/03 season, but McGregor still picked up medals as Gers collected the treble.
His development was furthered with loan spells at St Johnstone and Dunfermline Athletic, before his big chance came in season 2006/07.
Injuries to Lionel Letizi allowed McGregor to claim the starting jersey for himself, and under Paul le Guen, Walter Smith and Ally McCoist, he would be the first-choice goalkeeper for the next six seasons, winning three league titles, three League Cups and a further Scottish Cup winners’ medal.
He departed Gers in the summer of 2012, but jumped at the chance to return under Steven Gerrard in 2018, where he re-established himself as the number one.
Arguably, his second spell has been even more impressive, and he won both the Rangers and SPFL ‘Player of the Year’ awards in 2020/21 as Rangers claimed title number 55 with an incredible 25 clean sheets.
After missing the 2008 UEFA Cup final through injury, he finally got to appear in a European final for Gers in Seville at the end of last season, while he also finally appeared in a Scottish Cup final, with Jon McLaughlin making way for the final minutes of the 2-0 win over Hearts. McGregor’s previous three Scottish Cup winners’ medals were as a substitute.
His incredible experience will once again be a part of the goalkeeping and wider playing pool for the season ahead at Ibrox for the coming season.
Speaking as he signed his new deal, McGregor commented: “I’m obviously delighted. 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 and 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.”
Manager, Gio van Bronckhorst, said: “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.
Goalkeeping coach, Colin Stewart, added: “I’m delighted that Allan has extended his contract at the club.
“This season we have a really strong goalkeeping squad at the club, and I predict a really healthy competition for places.”
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