Allan McGregor is expected to make a decision on his Rangers future once the season is over, according to Peter Lovenkrands.
McGregor, 39, is set to be out of contract in the summer as it stands but the goalkeeper’s performances this season suggest there is no need for him to call it a day at Ibrox just yet.
The 42-times Scotland international pulled off an incredible save late on in Rangers’ 1-1 draw in the Europa League at Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
After the match, ex-Rangers striker Lovenkrands discussed McGregor’s contract situation and shared what he claims will happen with the experienced goalkeeper.
“I think he will wait until the end of the season, to be honest. Personally, I think McGregor will wait until the season’s done,” Lovenkrands told BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound on Thursday night [07:59pm].
When asked for what reason, Lovenkrands replied: “I think that (his physical fitness) will play a big part in it. I personally think he’ll see how his body is and how he feels.
“I know him and I’ve spoken to him and I know how he is and I’ve heard him talk about it. He’s been mentioning that he wants to see how he feels and he doesn’t want anything to interrupt his season. He wants to get it out of the way and will decide in a few months’ time.”
There’s absolutely no rush
We don’t need to worry about McGregor’s future just yet because at the end of the day, it’s not in anyone’s hands but his.
McGregor has been terrific this season and has made himself a major contender to win the Rangers player of the year award for his performances in the Premiership and in the Europa League.
But can he show what he’s got in the Champions League next season?
Sure, it’ll be tough for the Gers to qualify for the group stages with two rounds of qualifying to get through beforehand. But McGregor’s shown he’s too good for the Premiership and has made mincemeat of some of the shots flung at him by the best Europe League sides Rangers have faced this term.
McGregor will turn 40 midway through next season. If he signs a new deal, will the 2021/22 campaign be the last for the ex-Hull goalkeeper? Who knows?
But, as Lovenkrands says, McGregor’s body will know and that’s why there’s no massive rush just yet.
However, it would not be a bad idea for Rangers to keep an eye out for a potential long-term replacement for McGregor. There are some good, young goalkeepers who’d love the chance to shadow the Ibrox veteran.
In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart was impressed by this man’s display in Prague.