By his own high standards, Allan McGregor has not lived up to his consistent high standards for much of the current season.
Since August, he has often traded places with Jon McLaughlin and even had to miss the first Old Firm game of the season due to Covid issues. Like much of the rest of the squad, it has been stop-start and false dawns however more than one thing has changed this past week.
With the managerial switch at Ibrox, there have been a few changes and tactics tweaked on the pitch.
At Ibrox on Thursday evening, something incredible happened in the form of that double-save from McGregor which kept Rangers two goal lead in place and with it, – thanks to Lyon’s win against Brondby – assured qualification for the Last 32 of the Europa League.
The soon to be 40-year old repeated the feat today with another outstanding stop, this time reaching high to palm the ball over the bar when it looked as if he was already beaten.
WOW! Allan McGregor, what a save that is! 🧤❌
Livingston should be level but it's Rangers with the lead at the break! ❄️
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Given the run of games coming in December, including crucial away games at Easter Road and Tynecastle, Rangers number one appears to be hitting his best form, once again, in what is a very important time for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team to build momentum.
Over the last month or so and especially last week in the aftermath of the Hampden horror, several players had the finger of blame pointed at them and their credentials were heavily scrutinised. How hungry were they? Did they still want it and did they still possess the quality required?
McGregor was one of them but he has responded emphatically. Not that his attitude or commitment could be falted but on the pitch he is now showing what he is still capable of, even at this late stage of his career.
Long may it last.