By George Overhill

19th Apr, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rangers' Allan McGregor set to retire says Barry Ferguson

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor is the best in the league but will retire at the end of the season believes Barry Ferguson.

The Light Blues’ number one sat out the Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Celtic on Sunday (17 April), with cup keeper Jon McLaughlin keeping his place in the competition.

At the age of 40, former Gers captain Ferguson believes McGregor is still the benchmark in the Scottish Premiership, but feels that he is preparing to call time on his career at the end of the season.

He told Go Radio, via Football Scotland: “He is good enough to be Rangers’ number one. The only problem Jon Mclaughlin’s got is that he’s got an exceptional goalkeeper in front of him.

“Whether Allan decides to wrap it in the summer or not, I do believe that Jon Mclaughlin is good enough to be the Rangers goalkeeper.

“But believe me when I say this, because I’ve played with the guys that are in the Premier League and some top goalkeepers. I’m not just saying it because I know him; he [McGregor] is the best, without a doubt.

“He’s a big game player and it will be interesting to see what he does in the summer. I’m unsure, I don’t know what he’ll do.

“I’ve got that feeling that he’s going to hang up his gloves.”

Ride off into the sunset

The former Scotland keeper may not be able to help defend the league title but he was instrumental in bringing it back to Ibrox after a decade.

With that ticked off, and the chance to end the domestic cup drought after the Old Firm victory, he has the opportunity to go out on a high.

He hasn’t been at his illustrious best every game this year, especially as league stumbles saw the whole team underperform at times.

But he has been colossal at times during the European run that has put this side back on the map and held together a faltering season.

The penalty save he produced against Red Star Belgrade’s Aleksandar Katai in the first leg of the last-16 may end up being a defining moment of his swan song.

Should his team go on and win the competition, which is far from beyond them now, he may just be tempted to come back for a last go at the Champions League.

But even that might be a bridge too far, and the chance to pick up a trophy or two and say goodbye might be too good to pass up.

In other Rangers news, with the club suddenly in position for double glory Neil McCann has turned his fury on “massively disrespectful” comments towards them.