By Sam Stone

14th Sep, 2022 | 8:51pm

Ally McCoist full of praise for Allan McGregor first half save v Napoli

Ally McCoist was full of praise for Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor’s first-half save which prevented Giovanni Simeone from giving Napoli the lead at Ibrox.

Simeone was sent through in the 18th minute after a lovely team move by the Serie A side only for McGregor to make a typically strong save at his near post.

McCoist was impressed with the 40-year-old’s save which helped the Gers head into half-time on level terms with the Serie A leaders.

Talking on BT Sport commentary [20:19, 14 September], he said: “It’s a brilliant save from McGregor, he makes himself big and spreads himself and gets a little bit of a break but he probably earned it.”

Long time coming

Champions League nights like this have been a long time coming at Ibrox and regardless of the result, fans will remember this night for the poignant tributes to Queen Elizabeth II before the fixture.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is surely aware that the home matches in this group are his best chance of making Rangers competitive in the group.

What was noticeable in the first period was Napoli’s eagerness to play out from the back at every opportunity and trust their technical ability in tight areas around their own box.

This could well be a bonus for Rangers, particularly at home, where they can press and harass defenders in dangerous areas.

Liverpool and Ajax will come to Ibrox and try to play in a very similar fashion and it’s certainly something that Rangers can use to their advantage.

Van Bronckhorst should certainly take some positives from their first-half display, which was significantly improved from their efforts against Celtic and Ajax.

In other Rangers news, this player has admitted he cried when he left Ibrox this summer.