Clash against RB Leipzig will be 'special' for Rangers squad says Allan McGregor
Veteran Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has told of his excitement ahead of the Gers’ Europa League showdown against RB Leipzig.
The two sides play the first leg of their semi-final tie in Germany on Thursday night looking to secure a place for the final in May and 40-year-old McGregor is relishing the task at hand.
Remarkably the shot-stopper was part of the squad for the club’s last European semi-final against Fiorentina in 2008 but is now looking to make up for lost time after missing that penalty shootout triumph through injury.
“It was obviously disappointing last time but it is a different challenge and a wee bit further on in my life,” he told The Guardian (27 April).
“Obviously it will be special, it will be special for every player. To get to this stage of a European competition for the club is massive.”
McGregor’s shot at personal redemption is another small chapter in the remarkable tale of this journey to Europe’s elite for Rangers.
He was a victim of circumstance when he could only watch on as Rangers agonisingly went on to lose the 2008 UEFA Cup final to Zenit St Petersburg, and now 14 years later has the opportunity to right those wrongs.
It’s richly deserved for a man who has been a wonderful servant at Ibrox and continues to be a key figure between the sticks, commanding the number one jersey on merit rather than any inch of sentimentality for an academy graduate who broke into the first team in 2006.
That said he can’t keep going forever and this summer could see him hang up his boots and finally take some well-earned rest from between the sticks.
For now though with the wily old veteran still seemingly undecided on his Rangers future, a European trophy could be the perfect way to send off a stalwart in the club’s proud history.
In other Rangers news, this BBC pundit suggests the club miss having Steven Gerrard as manager at Ibrox.