By Sean Fisher

15th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Alan Hutton: Allan McGregor 'has to keep his place' in Rangers side after Napoli heroics

Allan McGregor put on an exceptional display against Napoli on his return to the side, and Alan Hutton insists the veteran shot-stopper should retain his place in the Rangers lineup.

Despite suffering a 3-0 defeat to Italian outfit Napoli on Wednesday night, McGregor deserves heaps of praise for his spirited display between the sticks.

The 40-year-old was making just his second appearance of the season for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, but showed no signs of rust, with his two penalty saves encapsulating his masterful performance.

The experienced Scot drew plenty of praise for his heroics in goal, and former Gers defender Hutton insisted that McGregor should keep his place in the side going forward.

Following the full-time whistle, Hutton told BT Sport 4, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times: “How often does he come up with those moments?

“I sit here personally and I question the decision that was made at the start of the season for him not to be playing. 

“McGregor has come in tonight and shown he is a number one. He’s there for the big moments. He has to keep his place.” 

No-brainer!

While conceding three goals on paper looks bleak, the scoreline comes nowhere close to accurately reflecting McGregor’s performance against Napoli. Despite his lack of game time, the Edinburgh-born shot-stopper didn’t put a foot wrong all night.

It’s difficult to muster any reasons why he shouldn’t regain his spot as No 1 at Ibrox – if anything McGregor has made it an easy decision for Van Bronckhorst to make.

Plus, when it comes to explaining McGregor’s impact on the side, Hutton knows more than anyone how the veteran instils confidence in his backline. The pair shared the pitch together for six seasons during their time in Glasgow, and Rangers are crying out for an experienced leader to shoulder some responsibility in defence.

With the side looking to bounce back from three consecutive defeats, it’s time for McGregor to make a full-time return to the starting lineup. It’s an absolute no-brainer!

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