So as broke last night, a shock return for Hull’s Allan McGregor now appears to be in the closing stages.
Whether the deal goes through is as yet unclear and unknown, but reports are the Scotland keeper wants to be closer to his family – much like Steven Naismith did hence the ex-Rangers striker ended up at Hearts when Rangers rejected him.
But they’re not rejecting Hull City’s McGregor.
The simple act of sounding the former Rangers stopper out is a huge indictment in the direction of Wes Foderingham – the number one at Ibrox has his critics, and despite a strong groundswell of support among certain fans, he has never won the fanbase at large over.
His debut season in the SPL was unconvincing at best, and while there’s been a modicum of improvement this time around, any fan who would rather have Wes in goal over Allan McGregor, despite the latter’s age, is honestly a way of thinking we struggle badly to reconcile with.
There is simply no competition here, no argument in favour of the former, and while far from disgracing the shirt, the gulf in quality from McGregor down to Foderingham is vast.
The age would be a much bigger issue if McGregor was anything other than a goalkeeper – but we know fine well truly great goalies can even last into their 40s. Well, as long as they don’t disgrace themselves and incite violence against referees while encouraging death threats on them…
But, we digress.
Information is the man is close to signing a deal which will take him back north from the Tigers after being an ever-present at the KCOM albeit nothing has been agreed yet – quite how he would be received as a ‘deserter’ is less clear but we really doubt he would be greeted with much ignominy at all.
There just isn’t the toxicity around McGregor we see aimed at Naismith, Whittaker and, less fairly, Lafferty, and as such a return north would probably have little baggage at all.
Rangers are pretty underwhelming at the back, and a true leader who can command his box is definitely welcome – and Hull’s Nigel Adkins won’t really want to lose him.
It would be a better start to the season than Wes and Jak.