#LetsGo: Allan McGregor

Allan McGregor returned to Ibrox to become the second new player for season 2018/19.

RANGERS can today confirm that Allan McGregor has rejoined the club on a two-year deal.

The vastly experienced Scotland goalkeeper was recently named Hull City’s Player of the Year for 2017/18 and becomes new manager Steven Gerrard’s second signing following the arrival of midfielder Scott Arfield on Monday.

McGregor began his career with the Light Blues and worked his way up through the youth ranks before making his senior debut on 24 February 2002 at the age of 20.

On that occasion he replaced Stefan Klos in the 73rd minutes of a Scottish Cup quarter-final victory over Forfar Athletic at Station Park.

Loan spells at St Johnstone and Dunfermline Athletic followed before McGregor became a first-team regular at Rangers in 2006/07, making 42 appearances that year in all competitions.

The following season the talented shotstopper was instrumental in the Champions League and UEFA Cup run to Manchester under Walter Smith, with his incredible one-handed save in Bremen in the second leg of the Last 16 stage one of the highlights from that European campaign.

McGregor also performed heroics in the 2008 Scottish League Cup Final against Dundee United, saving two penalties in a dramatic shootout which finished 3-2 to the Gers at Hampden, before he went on to claim three league titles in a row in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

After the club’s stunning 5-1 win over Kilmarnock which clinched the SPL title at Rugby Park on the final day of the 2010/11 campaign, McGregor signed a six-year deal.

After 278 appearances for the club spanning a decade, the Scotland star then moved to Besiktas in Turkey before joining Hull City for £1.5 million a year later.

McGregor got a taste of Premier League football in 2013/14 and 2014/15 before the Tigers were relegated to the Championship and a back injury which required surgery meant he missed the first half of the 2016/17 season before he joined Cardiff City on loan.

With injuries to David Marshall and the sale of Eldin Jakupovic, McGregor regained the number one spot at the start of 2017/18 and his consistent performances and 12 clean sheets earned him the club’s Player of the Year award which was selected by head coach Nigel Adkins.

Now 36 and back at Rangers, Greegsy – as he is known – has 38 caps for Scotland and on Monday was picked by Alex McLeish for forthcoming friendlies against Peru and Mexico.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

ALLAN MCGREGOR always hoped he would get the opportunity to return to Rangers after leaving the club in 2012 at the age of 30.

Prior to that the talented goalkeeper had worked his way through the youth ranks with the Light Blues and, after making his first-team debut on 24 February 2002 against Forfar in the Scottish Cup, he went on to make 278 appearances over a remarkable 10-year period at Ibrox.

An outstanding shotstopper with vast experience, McGregor moved to Besiktas in Turkey in 2012 and then to Hull City where he gained Premier League experience and was named the club’s Player of the Year for 2017/18.

Now 36, Allan is ecstatic to be back at the Gers for a second spell and as soon as he found out that there was a chance to rejoin the club he has always supported he grabbed it with both hands.

Speaking exclusively to RangersTV this afternoon, he said: “I’m buzzing as you can probably tell.

“I cannot keep the smile off my face and when the chance came it was an absolute no brainer.

“I started training here when I was probably 12 years old and I used to come through the Main Stand twice, three times a week. Just to be back, it is incredible.

Obviously when time goes by you think it might not happen and you just enjoy playing your football elsewhere, but once you know there is a wee sniff that it could happen then obviously it was exciting.”

McGregor admits it was a welcome surprise when he found out that Rangers were interested in bringing him back to Glasgow.

He said: “Two or three weeks ago maybe John Brown gave me a shout or I got a text from someone saying ‘Bomber wants your number’.

“I thought ‘ho ho here we go’ and then I just spoke to him a few times and just gradually we kept talking and here we are.

“I just want to help the club in any way I can really. I want to do my best, help the other boys, and try and get us back to where we belong.

I want to achieve consistency on the pitch, I want to achieve winning a number of games in a row and just be more consistent. Hopefully that leads to trophies.”

McGregor still looks back at his trophy-laden first spell at Rangers with great pride but he now wants to build on that success.

He added: “Even when I was on the bench when I was younger, some of the things, you couldn’t write the script.

“Peter’s last minute header in the Scottish Cup Final, I was here for the 6-1 win against Dunfermline and Helicopter Sunday.

“You couldn’t write the script with these things and they are all memories that if I look back on now you just get hairs standing on your back and all over your body.

“It’s just an incredible feeling and I want to hopefully achieve that again.”

The Future Is Bright

ALLAN MCGREGOR can’t wait to work with the new management team of Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister at Rangers.

36-year-old Greegsy became Liverpool and England legend Gerrard’s second signing today, with the experienced Scotland goalkeeper returning to Ibrox after spells with Besiktas and Hull City, where he was Player of the Year for 2017/18.

McGregor made 278 first-team appearances for Rangers from 2002 to 2012 and in an exclusive interview with the club’s official TV channel at Ibrox this afternoon he admitted he is excited to play for Gerrard and McAllister at the start of a new era for the Light Blues.

He said: “It will be great. I think it’s a big coup for the club and I’ve watched his interviews and I saw the fans afterwards and it was an amazing time for them.

“So hopefully that can bring us success on the pitch, but at the end of the day it’s the boys that need to go and perform, managers can only do so much.”

Gerrard was a winner and leader on the pitch as a player and McGregor is confident he will bring those attributes to his first managerial role with the Light Blues.

He added: “Hopefully he will bring that winning mentality back. I’m not saying we’ve not had that, I’m just saying consistently you need to make this place a fortress where nobody wants to come.

“You need to win games and it doesn’t matter who you are playing.

“Every game is an opportunity for three points and if you keep doing and doing that and doing that, as we’ve seen before that’s what wins titles.

“I’ve not spoken to [Steven Gerrard] yet but I’m sure we’ll be speaking fairly soon and I’m really looking forward to it, and Gary McAllister as well.

“Hopefully it will be a good partnership and I heard the coaching staff he is bringing are very good so that can only be a positive.”

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I Just Want To Get Started

ALLAN MCGREGOR could not hide his excitement today after he secured his moved back to Rangers by signing a two-year contract.

In an exclusive interview with RangersTV in the home dressing room at Ibrox he spoke about his love for the club and desire to win more silverware – but he is also aware that he will face a battle for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting eleven.

With Wes Foderingham a consistent performer between the posts in 2017/18 and Jak Alnwick making eight appearances in the same campaign, McGregor knows there will be stiff competition for the number one slot.

However, he is excited at the prospect of working with both goalkeepers and the younger shotstoppers at the club such as Liam Kelly and Robby McCrorie.

Allan said: “Of course – I’ve heard a lot about the young boys coming through.

Obviously you keep tabs on what’s going on and Wes and Jak when they have been playing have done really well.

“It will be a tough battle for me and I’m not coming here and thinking I’m just going to go straight into the team.

“As every player does they need to prove themselves day in day out in training and then it’s up to the gaffer from there.”

McGregor is Gerrard’s second signing as Rangers manager following the arrival of former Falkirk, Huddersfield Town and Burnley star Scott Arfield on Monday.

Allan believes the midfielder will be a great addition to the squad.

He added: “He’s played at a high level now for the last five years down at Burnley.

“So hopefully he brings pace, excitement, quality – that is what we need as well. I think he’ll bring all those attributes.”

Manager Thrilled To Get McGregor

ALLAN McGREGOR today became Steven Gerrard’s second Rangers signing, with the new manager thrilled to have the goalkeeper on-board.

Gerrard, who will officially begin his managerial duties on June 1, adds McGregor to Scott Arfield, who signed a four-year deal with the Light Blues on Monday.

It’s a been a great start to the new boss’ business, and McGregor’s qualities made the decision to sign him a no-brainer for Gerrard.

He said: “I am delighted to confirm Allan as my second signing this summer as we continue preparations for next season.

“He is vastly experienced goalkeeper who we feel can add to the options available to us currently. He has won lots of silverware for this club, and has shone at the highest level in Europe.

“I have played against Allan a number of times in my own career and I know just how fierce a competitor he can be.

“He is a Rangers supporter who rose through the ranks here, so having someone with such a depth of feeling towards the club is another great asset to the squad.”

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