Glasgow Rangers took on Livingston at Ibrox in their first game back in the Scottish Premiership since their comfortable 2-0 win over their arch-rivals Celtic at Parkhead. Steven Gerrard’s side started without first-team regular starter Borna Barisic, as the left-back dropped to the bench as a precaution, meaning that Calvin Bassey took his place in the starting line-up.
Whilst Bassey was impressive as a substitute in the 2-0 win against Standard Liege in the Europa League, Gerrard has another secret weapon in the team at the moment in goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
What’s the word?
According to The Daily Record, McGregor is three games away from equalling the club’s record for the most appearances in all European competitions, which is currently held by Barry Ferguson.
It’s highly likely that the veteran will overtake his former teammate at some stage this season, and Ferguson insists he will “be the first to congratulate Greegs when he breaks mine.”
He told The Daily Record: “There’s nobody better to take the record. Greegs just gets better and better and is still worth 15 points
“Hopefully I’ll get a chance to hand over the baton in person. I would do it in a heartbeat because it’s a brilliant honour and he’s a brilliant guy.”
The former 42-cap Scotland international has staked his claim in the starting line-up ever since he returned to Ibrox on a free transfer from Championship club Hull City in 2018. The 38-year-old made his first-team debut for the Gers back in 2002.
Since then, he has made over 300 appearances for his boyhood club, keeping 166 clean sheets in all competitions in the process, as well as winning a hat-trick of league titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011, via Transfermarkt.
As a general rule of thumb, as professional athletes get older, their reflexes and reaction times get slower. But it seems the 38-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as he has played seven games this season so far, saving five clean sheets and only conceding two goals in all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
Once hailed as a “superb” player by Gerrard for his performance in the 4-0 Europa League win over Willem II, McGregor has continued to defy the odds.
Despite his advancing years, the Scotsman is considered to be one of the club’s most reliable players, as he has still managed to make more than 30 appearances a season for the past few years in a row.
Gerrard even wants to give him a new contract, if recent reports are to be believed, which speaks volumes about his obvious talent. Get it done, Gers, before it’s too late.
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