Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish thinks Scotland international Allan McGregor has “plenty of mileage” left in the tank despite his age after reports claimed the goalkeeper was close to signing a pre-contract with the Ibrox giants.

According to the Daily Record, the 36-year-old is near a return to Ibrox as his Hull City contract runs down after five years with the Tigers.

Scotland manager McLeish insisted the former Besiktas star’s training during the recent international double-header was “of a really high standard” and revealed he was impressed by his performance in the clash with Hungary.

“He was in excellent form in the Hungary game and his training throughout that double header was of a really high standard,” McLeish said, as quoted by BT Sport.

“Some goalkeepers have gone on to 40. From what I have seen in his training and his expertise in that game, it just tells you experience is forever.

“I think he has got plenty of mileage in him right now.”

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McGregor left the Gers in 2012 after 250 appearances for the Light Blues and lifted three Scottish titles, three Scottish Cups and five League Cups before tearing his deal up following the club’s financial collapse in 2012.

After refusing to transfer his contract to Charles Green’s newco, McGregor signed for Besiktas and spent a year in Turkey before switching to Hull.

Football Insider verdict

There can be little doubt that McGregor is still a quality performer although at 36 there will, rightly, be some concerns over his age. The Scotland international will really push Wes Foderingham for a starting place but will need to clear the air over the reasons behind his departure in 2012 if he is to win fans over. If McGregor isn’t wanting crazy money to return then it should be something the Gers move on but the club will need to be prepared for a potential backlash from some fans over signing McGregor.

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