By Joe Ellis

20th Jun, 2022 | 8:10pm

Allan McGregor is overstaying his Rangers welcome, fresh blood is needed

Rangers have tied 40-year-old goalkeeper Allan McGregor to a new one-year deal at Ibrox after fears he would leave the club this summer.

The former Scotland international found a new lease of life towards the end of the 2021-22 season and produced some stellar performances for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side on big occasions.

Those exceptional displays between the sticks saw him awarded a new deal, despite reported offers from the UAE [The Sun] and the club announced his retention on Monday via their Twitter account.

But with Jon McLaughlin waiting in the wings to be given his chance to shine at Ibrox, has McGregor outstayed his welcome in the professional game?

He has already confirmed that he has no interest in a coaching role while he is still playing despite his decades of knowledge within the game and that seems like a huge mistake.

If he wasn’t going to offer some coaching support to the rest of the club’s shot-stoppers, he should have been told to leave the club because we will never start to move forward into the future with the 40-year-old hanging around.

Even if he left at the end of his contract though, there are big question marks over whether McLaughlin is good enough to be the club’s outright number one.

The big question really is why have the club not gone into the transfer market when there was ample goalkeepers available and signed one of them to sort out their issues once and for all.

It is a simply barmy decision not to at least try and sign a new number one to have that shirt for a good number of years because you could argue the shot-stopper is the biggest difference between us and our main title rivals Celtic.

In other Rangers news, we have pulled out of the race to sign a Nigerian international striker despite scoring plenty in Denmark last season.