By Ben Wild

12th Oct, 2020 | 2:32pm

David Weir raves about Rangers senior player who 'loves the big games'

Former Rangers defender David Weir has named Allan McGregor as the greatest goalkeeper he ever played with.

McGregor and Weir spent five years together at Ibrox, between 2007 and 2012, before Weir left the Gers and moved into coaching.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the former Scotland international sung the praises of his former teammate and claimed that he would back McGregor to make a save if his life was on the line.

Weir said, “I was lucky to play with so many top goalkeepers. Leightons and Gorams and Nigel Martins – they’re top, top goalkeepers. But Allan McGregor purely because, if you could pick one goalkeeper to make a save if your life was dependant on it, he’s just that type of guy.

“He rose to the occasion, he loves the big games, he’s a winner. When you were lining up for big games and you turned around and he was behind you, you always felt you had a chance.”

McGregor is still turning out for the Gers at the age of 38 and has made five appearances this season. He has been Steven Gerrard’s keeper of choice in the Europa League and McGregor has managed two clean sheets in his three European outings this term.

Summer signing Jon McLaughlin has been preferred in the league but the Scottish veteran has still made two Scottish Premiership appearances this season, keeping a clean sheet against Aberdeen. He was also unfortunate to concede against Motherwell but George Edmundson’s own goal was unsavable.

Should McGregor retain his place in Gerrard’s European starting eleven, he will line up against Lech Poznan, Standard Liege and Benfica in what could prove to be pivotal games in the Gers season. He is already a Rangers legend, but he has the chance to add to his legacy if he can help his side progress in Europe again this year and contribute to stopping Celtic win their prized tenth title in a row.

In other Rangers news, a Rangers player has slammed his international manager after a disappointing defeat.