Danny Mills has suggested Allan McGregor would take a wage cut to stay at Rangers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Premier League full-back insisted the human cost of joining a different club would put off the 39-year-old quitting Ibrox.
McGregor’s current deal expires at the end of the season and Steven Gerrard revealed after his heroics on Thursday night against Slavia Prague that he is still in negotiations over a new deal.
He told the Daily Record: “He knows what’s on the table. He’s in discussions with the club and from where I’m sitting, I hope we get it over the line and sign him up for another year because he is more than capable.”
The Scot pulled off arguably the save of his career in the Czech capital when he clawed a header from behind him in the dying stages to ensure the scores stayed 1-1.
“Why would you get rid of him?” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“You look at Leeds and they would be desperate for a goalkeeper like that to be number two. Even if he’s going to be number two, why would you not keep him around? It makes no sense [to get rid of him].
“Unless Manchester United come in and offer him third-choice goalkeeper like Rob Green did when he went to Chelsea and like what Mark Schwarzer did when he went to Chelsea.
“Unless you get something unbelievable like that you go ‘the best thing is just to keep hold of him.’
“You can probably offer him a little bit less money than he’s on because he’s thinking ‘If I have to move, that’s disruption for the family, I’d have to be without the family for a year at least and the travel.’
“Quality of life versus moving sometimes just isn’t worth it.
“And he may well be number one next year. David James, David Seaman, Nigel Martyn all played well into their forties.”