Chris Sutton mounts surprise Rangers defence of Allan McGregor

Chris Sutton isn’t known for batting the corner of Rangers players but he was quick to defend Allan McGregor on Saturday afternoon.

The Light Blues exited the Europa League at the round of 16 stage to Slavia Prague in March, but a save by McGregor near the closing stages of the first leg was one of the highlights of the tie.

Speaking on BT Sport Score [15:40, 08/05/21] fellow pundit Robbie Savage was left in awe at what he deemed to be a similar save by Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, during their Premier League clash.

“What a save,” he said.

“This is like Gordon Banks, going back to McGregor in the Europa League.

“It’s a cross from the left-hand side, Benteke is on the six-yard line and he heads it down and Ramsdale is at full stretch down to his left…it’s very similar to McGregor’s actually.

“Listen I’m not saying it’s like Gordon Banks at all, but it’s as good as McGregor’s though, what a save that is.”

Sutton shot back, “That wasn’t as good as McGregor’s though, come on.”

Are we dreaming?

This exchange between Sutton and Savage was in stark contrast to their usual exchanges over the season.

They are famed for their quarrels on BBC’s 606 programme, with Savage often taking the role as Rangers cheerleader while ex-Celtic striker Sutton continues to throw as much dirt on our name as possible.

But roles were reversed somewhat on Saturday as Sutton quickly moved to point the finger at his fellow pundit for overdoing his praise of Ramsdale.

We’ve seen the Ramsdale save and while it’s a brilliant stop, it pales into insignificance when compared to McGregor’s wonder stop.

Ramsdale’s was a bit closer to his body while the Gers stopper had to dive at full stretch to deny Slavia a first-leg winner.

It’s slim picking to find praise from Sutton for our players but this was one of those rare occurrences.

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