Glasgow Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has waxed lyrical about Ibrox goalkeeper Allan McGregor following his midweek heroics for Steven Gerrard’s side.
The 39-year-old has been a superb player for the Gers over the years and made arguably his best save in Thursday night’s Europa League last-16 first leg against Slavia Prague.
An Ondrej Lingr corner whipped into the box fell perfectly for Lukas Masopust, who connected with a seemingly goalbound thumping header to McGregor’s left.
The Ibrox stopper swiftly got down to not only thwart his opponent, which would’ve made it a stunning save in itself, but somehow grounded the ball and kept hold of it.
Ferguson, a former teammate of McGregor’s at Rangers, says the keeper is normally a nice, humble guy but when he gets ready for a game, “it’s like flicking a switch”.
“When he fastens up those gloves it’s like a boxer taping his gloves – he’s ready to go to war,” Ferguson wrote in the Daily Record.
“He is up there with the most serious teammates I’ve shared a dressing room with.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a shooting drill or a small-sided game. If the ball went past him it was like the end of the world and there was a real anger.
“Honestly, if you scored past him on a five-a-side game the ball would get dragged out the net and volleyed 70 feet in the air. I just loved that side of him because guys like that are a dying breed.
“Steven Gerrard revealed a contract extension is on the table for him and if I was the manager I’d handcuff him and not let him leave the Rangers Training Centre until he signs a new deal.”
McGregor has made 386 competitive senior appearances for Rangers over two spells, and has won four Scottish Premiership titles, five Scottish League Cups and three Scottish Cups.
Rangers welcome Slavia to Ibrox next Thursday, with the tie evenly poised thanks to Filip Helander’s goal, before contesting the Old Firm derby three days later.