Ally McCoist baffled by absence of Rangers star Allan McGregor from Scotland Euro 2020 squad
Ally McCoist was left shocked after Rangers star Allan McGregor was not named in Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad that was announced on Wednesday.
The tournament was meant to be played last year but it was moved to 2021 after the Covid-19 pandemic caused its postponement, though it has kept its original name.
Scotland listed their squad on their Twitter profile on Wednesday afternoon, with Gers reserve shot-stopper Jon McLaughlin listed as one of three goalkeepers alongside Craig Gordon (Hearts) and David Marshall (Derby County).
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) May 19, 2021
“It’s bizarre, it really is bizarre,” he said.
“I’m not sure if any contact has been made, I would imagine there must have been contact made between Steven [Gerrard] and Allan McGregor who frankly has had a ridiculous season.
“He’s had a couple of saves that were obscene, his save in Europe against Slavia Prague, I said at the time it was one of the best saves I’ve ever seen.
“It was an outrageous save. He had a save at Ibrox against Celtic from Leigh Griffiths, absolutely incredible.
“Like all top goalkeepers he makes key saves at vital, vital times.
“It’s just a shame, take nothing away from the guys that are there.”
“It really is bizarre!” 🤷♂️
“Like all top goalkeepers, he makes key saves at vital times. It’s just a shame.”
🏴 Ally McCoist can’t believe that Allan McGregor isn’t in Scotland’s Euros squad. pic.twitter.com/rgExZ7d8fG
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McCoist shouldn’t be too surprised by McGregor’s omission – he announced his retirement from international football in March 2019.
It’s been a long time since he lined up for the Tartan Army so there’s no shock from our side that he didn’t make the cut for UEFA’s showpiece tournament.
Could he still play for Scotland? Absolutely, and he’d easily hold the number one jersey.
But he took the decision to retire a long time ago, citing fatigue as the main reason. [BBC]
He’s still a reliable performer, evidenced in the awards he has picked up in a historic season for the Light Blues.
The 39-year-old has performed miracles this season and that could be partly due to the rest he is now afforded during international breaks. Maybe he wouldn’t be the force he is now without them.
It’s a shame we can’t see him on the highest stage but it can only be good news for Rangers as he comes back fresh in pre-season, raring to go again for the Gers.
In other Rangers news, ‘Sell him’ – Ex-Ibrox hero urges Gers to bin ‘inconsistent’ star for big eight-figure fee.