Rangers would struggle to replace goalkeeper Allan McGregor if he retires this summer according to Barry Ferguson.
The Gers keeper impressed his former teammate against Hamilton on Sunday, prompting Ferguson to comment on his future.
McGregor’s current deal expires in the summer but Steven Gerrard has expressed a desire to keep the 39-year-old for next season.
Ferguson told the Go Radio Football Show, “I hope he doesn’t decide to call it a day at the end of the season.
“I hope the manager sits him down and forces his hand to stay another season.
“To replace Allan McGregor would cost you an absolute fortune, believe me.
“I think the manager will be trying to force his hand.
“He’s got to because he’s so big a player and that was proven yesterday (against Hamilton).
One last swansong?
Lifting the Scottish Premiership after a nine-year drought would be some way for McGregor to end his career.
He has been at the top of his game in recent weeks, making six saves on Sunday and keeping Celtic at bay in a fine performance last month.
We, like Ferguson, are really hoping that he stays because of that.
Jon McLaughlin has done well when called upon this year but we will need a top-class keeper to replace McGregor.
That’s because he provides so much off the pitch in terms of his winning mentality and leadership.
His outburst after Sunday’s match is an example of that, as he called on his teammates to bounce back from the underwhelming draw.
The club needs to sit down with McGregor soon in order to extend his stay at the club.
A league title this year would be a great reward for him, but consecutive titles would surely be even sweeter.
He could be persuaded to stay another year.
That would also give us more time to look for a young, long-term successor to the former Scotland international.