By Alex McLeish

16th Sep, 2022 | 3:00pm

McLeish issues 'enormous' Rangers claim amid Jon McLaughlin latest

Allan McGregor has brought a “calming” presence to the Rangers defence, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Scotland boss suggested McGregor should keep his place in the starting XI.

The 40-year-old made his second start of the season in the 3-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed, via club media, on Tuesday (13 September) that Jon McLaughlin had picked up an injury.

“I thought Giovanni would make changes after losing to Ajax,” McLeish told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

“After the Celtic game he stuck to the same guys.

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“I really thought they were leggy in the Celtic game, they were leggy and I think mentally wounded after the game in the Netherlands.

“I really felt that changes were necessary, it just gives the team a fresh impetus.

“The weekend break helped with that as well. Giovanni would have been able to do a lot of training and preparation for the Champions League game.

“The McGregor reintroduction was a good one. Ok, he’s 40 years old so he might not have the same mobility he had when he was in his 20s or mid-30s when he was still very athletic.

“What he does have is absolute nouse in the penalty box. He just knows where to go to make it look easy, retrieving shots and saving shots.

“If it’s a split-second decision then yes, he can dive and make a save. But as a goalkeeper, you don’t have to dive all the time. If he knows his surroundings in his 18-yard box, and has done for years, he can do it by great positioning.

“When I was Scotland boss and we were playing Israel, we were 3-2 up and it was a brilliant, open game with great finishing.

“In the last minute we needed McGregor to make a save and he shouldn’t have made that save.

“People said it was a spectacular save but it was more about his positioning. He followed the ball and never got stranded to make a big dive, which you see from a lot of goalkeepers.

“He moved with the ball and made a great save for Scotland and we won that game 3-2 and he played an enormous part in that.

“I think he gave them a calming presence. Just the fact he was there the players had more confidence in themselves.”

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