Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has refused to take any credit for the signature of Allan McGregor, revealing his only involvement in the deal was signing off on whether he wanted the goalkeeper after everything had been agreed.
The veteran goalkeeper was part of the initial splurge of arrivals shortly after Gerrard was announced as the new boss at Ibrox, along with Scott Arfield and Jamie Murphy.
His performances have been massive in the early stages of the season, making a number of key saves at vital times and even keeping out a penalty in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.
Gerrard though admits he had little to do with his arrival.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Gers manager said:
I can’t take any credit for the signing of Allan, it was 99 per cent down the line in terms of the recruitment that went before me. All I was asked was ‘do you want to tick the box’ — and it was probably one of the stupidest questions I have ever been asked to be honest.
It was a yes straight away and one of those signings that was a no-brainer. Experienced, good for the dressing room, top professional, top goalkeeper. Ticks every box.
He is coming back to a place that he helped build over the years so, for me, it was one of the easiest decisions I have ever had to make.
It’s clear that Gerrard has complete faith in McGregor and rightly so.
The goalkeeping position wasn’t even seen as a priority for many heading into this new season, but there’s little doubt that the decision makers at Ibrox got the signing of the 36-year-old spot on.
With the challenges ramping up over the next few weeks, McGregor is likely to play an even more important role.
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