Rangers today confirmed the signing of Allan McGregor, which, we won’t hesitate to add, is the best goalkeeper since… he left.
By some distance. For too long some fans have tried to defend the mediocrity in our goal, particularly Foderingham, and now we have what we can only call a proper stopper at last.
But it has created something new, something intriguing.
Allan McGregor has become the first returning ‘deserter’ from 2012, with the fleet making its way out back then with the likes of himself, Kyle Lafferty, Steven Naismith, Whittaker… you know the drill.
Naismith tried to come back but was rejected in favour of Jason Cummings, and Kyle Lafferty too wanted a trip back to Govan but ended up in the same place as his (several time) former team mate.
But McGregor has done it. He has become the first player of the infamous bunch to come back.
And he is over the moon at doing so, as are we.
Do we bear a grudge over the past? Nah, not any more. We feel the last remnants of bitterness, for this site anyway, disappeared about half way into 2016/2017 when we realised how colossally rubbish a squad Mark Warburton had made for our first season back in the SPL, and how badly we needed improving.
Whatever is the past, is the past. Life is too short to whine about what happened back in the old days. Those who hang onto that and retain the bitterness are free to do so, but it’s not for us any more.
McGregor, lest we forget, has given up a very cushy gig in the English championship – a well paid job who wanted to keep him on – and like Kenny Miller when he was at the Whitecaps, he came as soon as his club wanted him back.
Rangers are getting a Scotland international, and we are going to be bold in saying a world class goalkeeper. This was Hull’s POTY. Just like he was a fantastic stopper for us too. No one will ever forget the greatest save we think we’ve ever seen in Bremen.
Maybe ‘world class’ is too strong, maybe we’re just getting too excited about actually having a real goalie again, but the truth is McGregor has instantly become the best goalkeeper in the SPL by a distance. And we’re getting an Allan McGregor with tonnes of experience and who’s matured by six years.
Whether this watershed moment will lead to more of the class of 2012 coming back we’re less sure, but it’s still very, very significant.