Derek Ferguson has claimed that Rangers keeper Allan McGregor could have done more to stop Liam Smith’s goal for Dundee United on Sunday.

The United right-back smashed home a volley to equalise at Tannadice, but there were questions raised from the tight angle he managed to squeeze it home.

It didn’t mean much in the end, as Rangers went on to win 2-1, but it was only the fourth goal they have conceded all season domestically.


Speaking on the Blues Brothers podcast, Ferguson has claimed that the Bears defence thought they had done enough to prevent the goal.

“I think you could pick the bones out of that,” he said.

“If you look at the back four, it comes a long way and it is a difficult angle – I think they thought they’d done enough, so it was a good finish.

“When you look back at it, I still though McGregor could have done a little bit better, I just think it took them a little by surprise.”


It was a great finish, but there was no way that an established goalkeeper should be beaten from that angle.

McGregor has been phenomenal all season and has been a major part of this success, but he will have left Tannadice disappointed that he didn’t keep a clean-sheet.

According to WyScout, Smith only had an expected goal tally of 0.09 – a stat which shows just how unlikely it was to score from that angle.

It was the only shot that McGregor faced, and he will be looking forward to bounce back, although it shouldn’t come against St Mirren, with Jon McLaughlin set to come in.

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