The last thing we want to be doing is criticising a hero like Allan McGregor. Lord knows he’s defied gravity with some of the saves he’s made over the years, in both spells with the club.
The save in Bremen was literally impossible, and the save in Prague somehow bettered it. At times he’s been superhuman, and we love him for it.
But this season has been a step too far for the 40-year old.
We understand – he wanted to retire in front of fans, not in front of empty stadiums, and few could begrudge him that. We all supported his new deal, and we hoped he had one season left in him.
Sadly, as we drift into March, it’s clear it was a season too far and McGregor put everything into 55 and has nothing left now.
He’s been nervous, gaffe-ridden, unsure, and hasn’t made a single typical McGregor-esque save the whole season (closest he got was a very decent double save at Parkhead). He no longer dominates his box, and it’s evident to all Rangers fans that it’s time for a change of that guard.
We’ve been saying it most of the season – we noticed deep into autumn his form wasn’t at its usual level, and of course, that early in the season we were roundly abused for it, and were informed that he’d pick up. Obviously he didn’t. We advocated a change of the guard and like a minority of our readers we suggested Robby McCrorie.
Well, this morning a lot of press are talking about this now, that he (and indeed Connor Goldson) are costing the side goals and points.
And they are.
There is no room for sentiment when a league title is on the line, and if Giovanni doesn’t take action soon, we’ll be in serious danger as the split approaches.
We love Greegsy, but he’s not the keeper he was.
And it’s time to make a change.