Allan McGregor set for Rangers contract extension after he rejects Saudi advances
Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor is set to sign a new contract at the club after rejecting an offer from Saudi Arabia, the Daily Record reports.
The 40-year-old’s previous deal expired this summer and it looked like he may be set to exit Ibrox for a second time, with a lucrative offer from the Middle East on the table.
But the Gers are reportedly due to announce the veteran is staying imminently after “positive talks”.
He is now set to stretch is time with the club to a 16th season by signing a new deal, after turning down more money to leave.
The former Scotland number one played a key role in the Light Blues reaching the Europa League final in May, which was lost on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt.
He came on for a last-minute cameo in extra time of the Scottish Cup final victory for Jon McLaughlin, who looks to be relegated back to a back-up and cup role.
The much-feared exodus that was expected to materialise this summer has so far gone completely the other way.
McGregor would be the third veteran at the club to sign a new deal after Scott Arfield and Steven Davis, while star men who are attracting transfer interest have so far stayed put.
Connor Goldson’s expected exit also ended up as a four-year extension, while the club have been boosted by the arrival of John Souttar from Hearts.
The situation in goal was unclear, and there was interest in Crystal Palace man Jack Butland, but club stalwart McGregor is unlikely to be returning to sit on the bench so it is fair to assume that the starting position is now set for another year.
Whether this pushes McLaughlin or Robby McCrorie towards the exit remains to be seen, as the latter is reportedly not in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s plans and is in line for potential bids [Football Scotland].
The news that the number one is set to return should be a boost in the dressing room as much as on the pitch as McGregor is a big character at Ibrox.
In other Rangers news, the club are set to battle Celtic for a highly-rated teenage talent.