By Alan Hutton

18th Feb, 2021 | 12:00pm

Hutton shares McGregor contract update after Rangers pal leaves him in stitches

Allan McGregor has put contract talks to the back of his mind to spearhead the Rangers title drive, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Gers defender and best friend of the Ibrox shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was left in stitches after hearing his long-standing pal talk so seriously after one match.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Steven Gerrard revealed the 39-year-old was “up there with the best goalies” he had ever worked with in terms of his preparation and focus.

With the shot-stopper’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Gers boss also confirmed he wanted to keep McGregor on board and stated the pair would sit down “in the coming” weeks to discuss his future.

However, Hutton, who has known the goalkeeper since their days at Ibrox together, revealed there is little chance of getting the Rangers veteran to discuss a new deal before the league title is wrapped up.

Asked how McGregor would react to Gerrard’s comments, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He tends to take all this sort of stuff in his stride, he’s very focused at the moment, that’s the one thing I’ve noticed over the last couple of months.

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“Even when I’m talking to him about contract situations, he’s telling me that he doesn’t want to talk about, he’s only focused on what’s in front of him and it just shows you where his head’s at at the moment. 

“He’s desperate to bring a trophy back to Ibrox, he’s arguably playing some of the best football of his career at 39, so it just shows you his mentality. Obviously the game against Hamilton, we could all tell with his interview after the game, it made me laugh listening to him, how serious he was.

“I think you need those sort of people within your squad, he’s been there, seen it, done it, knows what it takes and that’s why he’s being so serious at the moment because he’s the older head in the group.

“He understands what it takes to get over the lane and I think that’s where they’re at at the moment, they’re struggling through games, yes, they’re not getting beat which is great, but it’s always a difficult stage to get over the line.

“It’s been such a long time since they won a major honour so they’re totally focused and he’s the one that’s really backing that, it’s good to see.”

In other news, Calvin Bassey’s reaction to his role in the Rangers ‘Party Five’ has been revealed by Football Insider.