ALLAN MCGREGOR is delighted to have signed a contract extension which will keep him at Rangers until the summer of 2021.
The 37-year-old goalkeeper returned to Ibrox from Hull City in May 2018 on a two-year deal, becoming Steven Gerrard’s second signings for the Light Blues, and since then he has been an outstanding performer between the posts.
The club’s experienced number one has now made over 350 appearances over his two spells with the Gers, and he can’t wait to add to that number over the next one-and-a-half years.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “It’s very pleasing. I’ve not really been thinking about it but there was a wee bit in the contract that if I played a certain amount of games [that would trigger the extension]. It’s done now and I’m just looking forward to another year.”
Greegsy, as he is known, was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year following his performances for Rangers throughout the 2018/19 campaign and he has followed that up with more impressive displays this season.
He continued: “I’m pleased I’m actually fit and staying healthy. I’ve done alright, I’m just disappointed we’ve not won anything yet. But hopefully we can change that.
The boys are brilliant. It’s good fun and there is a good team spirit within the group. It doesn’t matter what team, to have a good team spirit and good bond between the boys is a big thing.”
McGregor has been impressed with the standards Steven Gerrard, who this week signed a two-year contractextension which will keep him at Ibrox until 2024, has set at the club since he became manager in May 2018.
He said: “The boys all know their roles within the team and I think that’s a big thing when you go on the pitch – everyone knows their job. I think it’s helped us, as you can see on the pitch.
“You need to have standards here and you need to train how you play. I’ve been brought up with those standards so to continue doing that is a big thing here because you should be training the way you play. If you don’t then it might creep into games, so it’s very important.”
Allan is thrilled that Rangers are now in the draw for the Europa League Round of 32 on Monday following Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Young Boys at Ibrox which completed the club’s Group G fixtures.
He added: “It’s big. If you had told us that at the start of the group or even at the start of the European campaign I would have bitten your hand off for it.
“The games in Europe have been fantastic and what the boys have been working on in the training pitch we’ve taken it out to the pitch, and obviously it shows. To get out of a group like that is obviously very rewarding.
“The games just come think and fast here, obviously partly because of the European games. I think that’s 14 games now, nearly half a season in half a season.
“But it’s good and I actually probably prefer that because it saves me training! But in the next year and a half hopefully we can bring success to the club.”