By Doug Ward

26th Nov, 2021 | 12:11pm

Andrew Dickson hits out at Allan McGregor doubters after Rangers win v Sparta Prague

Sky Sports journalist Andrew Dickson has blasted those who doubted Allan McGregor after the Rangers goalkeeper starred in the 2-0 win over Sparta Prague on Thursday night.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst enjoyed a winning start to life as the Gers’ new boss with a Europa League victory at Ibrox and qualification to the knockout stages may not have been possible without a goalkeeping masterclass by 39-year-old McGregor.

While the veteran shot-stopper hasn’t had the best of seasons so far, Dickson feels as though more faith should be shown towards the number one after his showing versus Prague.

“Wasn’t aware of what he had done at the time as I had to head for interviews but McGregor’s double save was ludicrous,” said the Gers-mad journalist via his personal Twitter account on Friday morning.

“Admittedly hasn’t had his best season but I saw a handful say here after the weekend that he should only play in emergencies from now on. Ridiculous viewpoint.”

He added: “First save is very good but the follow-up stop with his foot is up there with his very best, incredible agility. To do that when you’re two months from turning 40 is phenomenal.

“Still not entirely sure what [Connor] Goldson was up to as his reaction was non-existent, bailed out massively.”

Incredible

McGregor turns 40 in January – just let that sink in for a moment.

Despite his advancing years, the goalkeeper produced a moment of real qualify on Thursday night to help Rangers secure their spot in the next round of the Europa League.

While it’s not a spot in the last 32, it will be a play-off match against a team who finished third in the Champions League group stages.

As it stands, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are among the teams who may be heading to Ibrox in the new year.

Meanwhile, Celtic have dropped into the Europa Conference League and could play the likes of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bodo/Glimt or Qarabag. Wow.

McGregor’s double save stopped Sparta from getting back into the game and ensured we’d finish in second place with a superior head-to-head record against them.

It wasn’t an easy group by any means but it just shows that if one players produces a magical moment, it can mean the world for the club as a whole.

In other Rangers news, Owen Hargreaves is baffled by what happened to this “moody” Bear in the win over Sparta.