STEVEN GERRARD today gave his thoughts on this week’s news that Allan McGregor has retired from Scotland duty.

The Gers goalkeeper, who has earned 42 caps for his country, decided to call time on an international career that began back in 2007, despite establishing himself as Alex McLeish’s first-choice number one between the posts.

Gerrard feels it is only the player himself who can decide when the time is right to focus solely on club football.

Speaking at this morning’s pre-match press conference at the Hummel Training Centre for tomorrow’s Premiership game against Kilmarnock, the manager said: “He’s a top player so first and foremost I respect his decision.

“I know the person and I know the player and he knows his body, and if he feels it is going to help him from a personal point of view, and he is going to feel better for Rangers, then obviously good.

I think we all have to respect his decision. He has been around the game a long time and he knows his body more than anyone else.

“I’m sure Alex is disappointed and his teammates because he is a top goalie. I was only aware of it in the last few days and I was a bit surprised, but obviously having spoken to Allan now I respect his decision and we move forward.”

When asked if McGregor could play into his forties, Gerrard replied: “Maybe that’s been part of his decision, he wants to extend his club career a bit longer.

“Only Allan knows his body and what he feels coming off astro-turf or grass or after he has played three games in a week.

“Only he knows how his body is feeling, but he has got the right to make big decisions for his career and I’ll support him and back those decisions. But it’s definitely Scotland’s loss as he’s a top goalie.”

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