Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Alan Hutton has applauded Steven Gerrard for bringing Allan McGregor back into the Rangers starting XI against Motherwell on Sunday.

The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits it was the right call to drop Jon McLaughlin despite his fine form.

McGregor, 38, helped Gerrard’s men to a 5-1 win over Motherwell in what was his first league appearance since the first game of the season.

He had featured in both of the club’s Europa League qualifiers and was a standout performer in the win over Willem II.

Hutton admits he thinks McGregor is still the number one keeper at Ibrox and that Gerrard made the big decision to recall him ahead of some big games for the club.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Look, I think fair play to Steven Gerrard, I think he’s done it at the right time, if I’m honest. A lot of people out there know how good Allan McGregor is and for me, he’s the number one, it’s as simple as that.

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“I think this is the first time he’s had real competition for his place but I still believe he’s number one and I think that is the same for Gerrard because he’s picked him again.

“With his injury, McLaughlin came in and did ever so well and fair play, he kept him in the team and McGregor sat out. The draw against Hibs, he didn’t do anything wrong but it was still the opportunity to change it.

“McGregor came in the European game and I thought he was outstanding. It shows you how good he still is at this age, some of the saves he was pulling off.

“Going into big games – you’ve got Galatasaray, then a home game, internationals and then Celtic – it’s no disrespect to anyone but you want to play your best players and for me he’s still the number one.

“He has to play leading up to these games and I think Gerrard did it the right way, he bided his time, he gave McLaughlin his run of games and now McGregor’s back in and he’ll play.” 

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