By Doug Ward

30th Sep, 2021 | 6:26pm

Mark Hateley blown away by Allan McGregor in Rangers v Sparta Prague

Mark Hateley was thrilled with Allan McGregor’s stunning save in the first half of Rangers’ Europa League clash at Sparta Prague on Thursday night.

Jakub Pesek saw a decent effort at goal turned over the crossbar by the nimble 39-year-old, who’s shown no signs of ageing at Ibrox.

Hateley has paid tribute to the Scottish goalkeeper’s reflexes for pulling off the save from Pesek’s snap shot.

“It’s a fantastic save from McGregor,” said Hateley on BBC Scotland’s Sportsound, as quoted on BBC Sport’s website. “His reflexes are amazing.

“He sees it all happening and he reacts. He probably knew that was coming before the defenders did.”

Incredible

McGregor may not have played as much as he might have wanted so far this season but there’s no doubt the goalkeeper is any worse now than he was last term.

As the Gers won the title last season, McGregor was easily one of our best players. He was incredible.

We conceded just 13 league goals last season and it would have been at least double that if it wasn’t for the Edinburgh-born shot-stopper.

And it’s great to see McGregor being able to carry that form into this season too with a wonder save to stop Pesek scoring in the first half.

Steven Gerrard’s defence has been decimated by injuries lately with left-back Calvin Bassey having to play at centre-back alongside Leon Balogun in Prague on Thursday.

It’s a big task for Bassey but at least he has confidence in the fact that one of the best goalkeepers in the UK is behind him.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton aimed a sly dig at the Gers ahead of the game.