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Gio van Bronckhorst praises 'incredible' Rangers star that is not like normal players

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has told BT Sport that Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor was “incredible” on Thursday at Ibrox – and that he is not normal.

McGregor, 39, kept a much-needed clean sheet in van Bronckhorst’s first game in charge. A crucial 2-0 win over Sparta, that sees Rangers qualify.

But Rangers had to work for their clean sheet and were forced to call on McGregor. In the first 45, he flicked one round the post with his feet.

However, in the second half, McGregor pulled off a moment that was enough to win the match – and probably his best saves of the season.

Firstly, he denied a header from Ladislav Krejci with a wonderful point-blank save – but instinctively, he saved a rebound from Matej Pulkrab.

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It was a double save that engineered a rousing reaction from the Ibrox fans – just as good as one of Morelos’ two goals. Van Bronckhorst had his say.

“He’s incredible. He is at a certain age, normal players retire,” van Bronckhorst said. “Goalkeepers can go on, today he made some vital saves.”

Van Bronckhorst on McGregor: Rangers ace rejuvenated

While Steven Gerrard was excellent in his four-year stint as gaffer – it is clear that things might have gone a bit stale over the last few months.

Rangers have been far from their best and while they sit top of the league, and into the knockout stages of the Europa League, a change was needed.

No-one would have sacked Gerrard, but a change was required – especially after watching the freshness and energy from Rangers on Thursday night.

McGregor, along with Morelos and Ianis Hagi, looked rejuvenated with van Bronckhorst in the dugout. Exciting times for the Gers.

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