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‘Ultra professional’, ‘mentally so strong’: British coach blown away by Rangers ace

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‘Ultra professional’, ‘mentally so strong’: British coach blown away by Rangers ace

Glasgow Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has been praised by Pat Mountain for his professionalism and mentality as he continues to impress for the Ibrox side.

The 38-year-old has made the Rangers number one jersey his own since returning to Ibrox in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer from Hull City.

McGregor came through the ranks at Rangers and made over 200 appearances in his first stint, winning 11 major honours in the process, including a hat-trick of league titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 29: Allan McGregor of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Spells at Besiktas and Hull followed, along with a loan stint at Cardiff, before returning home in 2018 and dethroning Wes Foderingham as first choice in between the sticks.

Foderingham, himself an impressive goalkeeper, has now left Rangers, and while Bristol City coach Mountain feels for the 29-year-old, he believes McGregor was just in a league of his own.

 

“Wes will leave Rangers with a sense of grievance but he was always facing a losing battle once Greegsy went back up the road to Glasgow,” the Welshman told the Daily Record.

“When I arrived at Hull Greegsy probably felt he would be on his way as he had Eldin Jakupovic in front of him and David Marshall who we’d bought from Cardiff for a lot of money.

“Jakupovic landed a move to Leicester and Marsh injured his ankle in pre-season so Greegsy went from thinking he’s leaving to being the No.1.

“I know he has a bit of a
 reputation but he’s the ultra professional. He was one of the first in for training every day and he got his body right every day. He never missed a single day of training during my entire time there. There were days when I had to actually stop him from training.

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“His appetite for work was incredible and that’s why he’s still at the top of his game at the age of 38. If there is one word to describe what his biggest asset is then it’s consistency. He doesn’t put himself in a position to make many mistakes.

“You knew you could count on him on a Saturday… Allan’s mentally so strong.”

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McGregor is one of Steven Gerrard’s main assets at Rangers, one of the Ibrox side’s most dependable players, and to still be making 50-odd appearances a season at 38 years of age speaks volumes to his professionalism, talent and longevity.

It’s great to hear one of his former coaches wax lyrical about him, and even though he’s in the twilight of his career, Gerrard really ought to retain him – or bring him back – as a coach if he chooses to retire or leave when his contract expires next summer.

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