By Doug Ward

26th Nov, 2021 | 7:10am

Owen Hargreaves blown away by 'unbelievable' Allan McGregor in Rangers win v Sparta Prague

Owen Hargreaves was stunned by Allan McGregor after the Rangers goalkeeper produced a double save against Sparta Prague on Thursday night.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst oversaw the Gers’ qualification from the Europa League group stages in his first match in charge.

Alfredo Morelos’ two goals were enough for the Light Blues to win 2-0 at Ibrox and ensure they have a better head-to-head record against Sparta Prague.

But that may not have happened if it wasn’t for a top piece of goalkeeping from McGregor.

“Amazing. At 39-years-old, the reaction are unbelievable,” said Hargreaves on BT Sport 2‘s Europa League highlights show on Thursday night.

“He was at the football club when Giovanni van Bronckhorst was there as a player, that’s how long he’s been there – that’s amazing.

“The longevity he has and those two saves, the reactions are spectacular and I think [van Bronckhorst] will be delighted with his goalkeeper.”

Unbeatable

We haven’t seen this McGregor too many times this season.

Last term, the 39-year-old was a class act in between the sticks as the Gers conceded just 13 league goals on their way to the Premiership title.

However, the defence has been a lot leakier this season and McGregor has not been producing the performances we’re used to him having in goals.

Everyone’s form has dropped since last season and there have been faint cries for McGregor to be replaced in the summer with his age finally catching up on him.

But after watching the ex-Scotland goalkeeper play against Sparta Prague on Thursday night, you would not have thought that he’ll be turning 40 in just over two months’ time.

McGregor’s double save in the second half was tremendous and is yet another piece of goalkeeping that will go down in Rangers’ European history.

It kept us within a great chance of winning 2-0 and bettering Prague on the head-to-head record and qualifying for the next round of the Europa League.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart has reacted to this Gers result and made an admission on Twitter.