Pundit Exclusive: 'Phenomenal' Rangers ace keeping quiet for good of Ibrox dressing room
Allan McGregor will have kept a lid his emotions after his “outrageous” performance against Celtic for the good of the Rangers dressing room.
That it the view of former Gers star and close friend of the goalkeeper Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed the shot-stopper would have been “doing backflips inside” after beating the Bhoys 1-0 at Ibrox.
Speaking after being awarded Rangers TV man of the match on Saturday, the 38-year-old insisted that victory, not his own personal performance, was all that mattered and that the Gers “need to get back to playing well”.
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The keeper was pivotal in keeping the Hoops at bay, most notably with a fingertip save to tip a Leigh Griffiths shot onto the post.
However, despite his muted reaction during and after the game, Hutton has insisted the shot-stopper will have been buzzing inside to put in a standout performance and take a big step towards the Premiership title.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Allan McGregor was the man of the match in my opinion. He’s genuinely unbelievable, a couple of his saves were outrageous.
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“The one that he’s tipped onto the past and then he shouted that he never touched it, any other goalkeeper would be thinking what a save that was, jumping up and celebrating, but he was like: ‘I never touched it.’ It just shows you the type of guy he is.
“He was phenomenal, he’s the one reason, really, that Rangers managed to sneak that win. He’d have been doing cartwheels inside. He’d have been doing backflips, I know him really well and that game means the world to him and so does winning the league.
“He’s a proper Rangers man through and through so he knows how much it means but the flip side of that is he’s got all the experience in the world and he understands that he needs to keep his feet on the ground and he needs to help others do the same.
“He’s a big character within that dressing room and people will look towards him to see how he reacts to things so him just keeping it to one game at a time – I know it’s an old cliche but that’s what you have to do to win leagues – you can’t get ahead of yourself because that’s when you slip up.
“He would have been doing cartwheels inside but he’d be telling the boys look, that’s only three points, nothing’s finished yet. We need to keep working hard, do what we’ve been doing and there’s an opportunity to win the league.”