By Saikat Mandal

7th May, 2022 | 10:30am

Barry Ferguson drools over Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor

Barry Ferguson has showered heaps of praise on Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor after the Gers reached the finals of the Europa League.

The former Ibrox skipper suggests that without the saves of McGregor, Rangers wouldn’t have reached the final.

He also feels that McGregor could call it a day at the end of the season, and winning two major trophies would be a perfect way to say goodbye.

“It’s crazy but no-one deserves it more than Greegsy,” wrote Ferguson in his column for The Daily Record.

“It was ridiculous that people were rushing to write him off after a couple of mistakes earlier this season.

“Let’s get it straight, Rangers would not be going to Seville without the saves Allan McGregor has made along the way.

“The big stops at home to Dortmund, the penalty save against Red Star, moments where he kept his cool in Leipzig – all of these ensured we kept marching on towards Seville.

“So that’s why I was overjoyed to see him so, so happy at full-time. He took my European appearance record off me and there’s no better person to have done so. Now he’s looking at making his 104th Rangers run out in Uefa competition on May 18. 

“Might it be his last? Who knows? He’s 40 now and while I think he could do another year, he might just decide there’s no better way than to bow out after a Europa League final.

“There’s the Scottish Cup final three days later of course so there’s that too to consider but maybe this might be the perfect way to say goodbye.”

Top-class

Ferguson is absolutely spot on about McGregor.

Every goalkeeper makes one or two mistakes, and McGregor also made some costly errors this season.

He was brutally criticised this season at times, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst has kept immense faith in him.

But he is arguably the best in Scotland, and he has proved this season what an asset he has been to this club.

He didn’t have to make enough saved against RB Leipzig as Rangers defence were resolute throughout but he made one or two crucial saves which made a huge difference.

He also saved a penalty against Red Star Belgrade and was simply superb in both legs of the semi-final clash.

Will McGregor retire at the end of the season? Probably yes.

He is at the fag end of his career. He has achieved loads of success, and it will be awesome if he can win the Scottish Cup and the Europa League before he bows out.

In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season