Former Ger seems to be telling Gio what to do

Former Ger seems to be telling Gio what to do
Rangers' Dutch manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst gives a pre-game interview ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-final, second leg football match between Rangers and RB Leipzig at the Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, on May 5, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Kenny Miller’s staunch defence today of Allan McGregor is while understandable as his mate, a wee bit ‘one man bigger than the club’ in its tone.

Miller is basically arguing McGregor shouldn’t ever accept being second fiddle, and is good enough to remain first choice. That if he’s to be a backup keeper to Jon McL he might as well quit Rangers or leave for another side.

In truth, he’s a historically a million miles better than McLaughlin, but he didn’t show his old quality last season bar a few good shows in Europe, and at 40, his mates trying to persuade the world he’s still got it is completely sentimental and little more.

Regulars know we love the man, we absolutely gushed over his utterly incredible 55 season, which was the best of his life, but 21/22 just wasn’t as good, particularly in the league, and he made quite a few errors which cost points.

Which he’s allowed to do, we’re not slating him for being human and getting older.

But don’t sit here and insult our intelligence Kenny – McGregor is not good enough any more to be the first choice at Rangers, and he’s at the very end of his career anyway.

Reports connecting Rangers to other new goalies are understandable, and the choice to replace McGregor must be carefully considered, whether it’s the Turkish lad, or Jack Butland or anyone else.

But McGregor’s time is ending, and that’s no disgrace.

Of course, we trust Gio completely, so if he defies us entirely, contracts McGregor for a new season and keeps him as number one, no one will trust that decision more than us.

But we’d be surprised if it’s the case.

All in good time.

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  1. I agree with Kenny Miller. If McGregor isn’t number one then there’s little point in him signing a new contract. At his age he has to be playing every week to keep his eye in and his match fitness. Can you imagine throwing in a 41 year old number 2 McGregor who hadn’t played in 6-8 weeks?

  2. If he’s going to maintain his match sharpness then he has to play regularly and the odd cup tie wouldn’t do it. At the age of 41 McGregors match fitness would drop off a cliff if he’s not constantly involved. I remember Davie Weir effectively admitting that years ago. Indeed he retired shortly after sustaining an injury from which he never really recovered his match sharpness. Jermaine Defoe was probably a more recent example where a lack of games led to his retirement. And I’m not sure that Steve Davis has really got back to his best after his injury problems last season.

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