Exclusive: Rangers senior star tipped for Ibrox coaching role next season

Noel Whelan has tipped Allan McGregor to take on a coaching role at Rangers after next season as he prepares to enter the final year of his contract.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Steven Gerrard will have had a conversation with the 38-year-old about his role at the club going forward.

The former Scotland international is out-of-contract on 31 May 2021 having signed a one-year extension last December.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that sporting director Ross Wilson faces an uphill manager to persuade Aberdeen shot-stopper, Joe Lewis, to be the man to replace McGregor.

Lewis signed a five-year contract at Pittodrie last summer and has publicly spoken of his want to remain at the club long-term.

When asked by Football Insider if McGregor’s replacement should be addressed in the upcoming transfer window, Whelan said: “You know when a player is coming to the end of their career.

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“They have got to look at replacing McGregor or having a backup. They have got to look to the future.

“He has had a fantastic career and I am sure there will be a coaching role for him there. I am sure he does not want to drop straight out of the game.

“A conversation will have been had with Steven Gerrard and McGregor regarding his role within the side next season.

“That is the respect that two experienced players would have for each other.”

Football Insider understands the Gers have offered Robbie McCrorie an extended deal and a pay rise in a bid to prevent the 22-year-old keeper leaving this summer.

McGregor has made 49 appearances in all competitions this season and kept 24 clean sheets.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club is poised to make a major transfer announcement.