STEVEN Gerrard has sung the praises of Allan McGregor after his heroics in the Europa League and insisted the goalkeeper is a prime example of the type of players Rangers must sign.

The Gers boss believes the 36-year-old is getting better than he can even remember in the Premier League, when the duo faced each other for Liverpool and Hull City.

McGregor pulled off half a dozen top class saves as Rangers pulled off a goalless draw at Ibrox on Thursday evening, despite playing for 45 minutes with 10 men.

Speaking to the media Gerrard said: “He’s happy and he’s enjoying his football. I think that he is delighted to be back here, this is his club.

“He has been very professional, both on and off the pitch since I’ve come across him close up.

“How long he plays for is down to him. I think that ability-wise, he is never going to lose that. I think it’s down to probably hunger and how his body feels.

“He looks in great shape to me and we’re delighted to have him. He seems to be getting better and better each week, which is strange because he’s been magnificent from day one.”

“I’ve always known he is a top goalie. I’ve watched him in lots of Old Firms over the years and seen him pull off wonderful saves and top class performances.

“I’ve played against him a couple of times and managed to bury a few past him, but that’s standard, that’s pretty normal.”

Gerrard will try and recruit again when the January window opens and he believes the attributes his number one possesses are exactly what he wants.

He said: “It is a main ingredient that we look for in a player. You have to be a certain type to handle the Ibrox crowd, to handle the pressure and the responsibility to carry the weight of this badge.

“We have to be very careful with the type of player that we bring in because there have been mistakes made in the past. People that can’t handle it here and can’t cope.

“With Mark (Allen), Andy (Scoulding) and the recruitment team, we do try to go into every single detail before we sign anyone, but character and mentality are certainly two big ingredients.”

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