Allan McGregor has been likened to legendary Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram by assistant manager Gary McAllister, as the Ibrox stopper gears up for his 400th appearance for the club.
McGregor chalked up appearance number 399 in the 1-0 victory over Hibernian on Saturday, and the midweek trip to St Mirren will likely see him bring up the impressive milestone.
Ahead of the match at St Mirren Park, McAllister hailed the 38-year-old’s achievements in a Gers jersey, and tipped him to carry on his superb form this season.
As reported in the Glasgow Times, McAllister was effusive in his praise for McGregor ahead of the St Mirren game, “He is obviously a player that plays with loads of emotion, he is a very passionate man and he is a winner. That is a fact.
“Over the time that I have been here, I always look at Allan and Andy Goram and they are very similar. They are both terrific shot stoppers, both fantastic professionals, train extremely hard and their work ethic is stunning to see.
“That is why the pair of them have played for so long and 400 appearances for Rangers is a stunning sum of games.
“Delighted for him. But it is off the back of hard work and you don’t realise that sum of games if you are not dedicated and Allan is a true professional.”
Solid defensive foundations pave the way
The excellent form shown by McGregor is exemplified in the outstanding defensive statistics produced by Rangers this season.
In 20 Premiership games the Gers have conceded just five times, with McGregor himself letting in just two goals in 11 games.
The other three were scored past Jon McLaughlin who has also performed admirably in his nine Premiership appearances, covering for McGregor during his injuries earlier this season.
Celtic currently hold the record for fewest goals conceded in a Premiership season, with 18 in 2001/02.
If they keep up their current rate of a goal conceded every four games, Rangers will shatter this statistic, and McGregor will have a strong claim to put himself amongst Gers legends such as Goram, who became a fan favourite in his seven years with the club.
The first obstacle along the way will be St Mirren on Wednesday, a team who put three past McGregor in the League Cup on December 16, before a New Year Old Firm clash with Celtic on January 2.
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