'Massive signing' - Barry Ferguson raves about international after reported Rangers offer
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson thinks Allan McGregor would be a massive signing for the Ibrox giants after it was reported that the Light Blues have opened talks over bringing the goalkeeper back to the club.
The 36-year-old Scotland international is out of contract in the summer at Hull City and the Daily Record report that he is set to sign a pre-contract with the Gers after they offered to re-sign him in the summer.
McGregor left the Gers in 2012 to sign for Turkish giants Besiktas as a host of first-team stars ripped up their contracts and refused to transfer them over to Charles Green’s newco.
Ferguson thinks signing his former team-mate should be a “no brainer” for the Light Blues – but admits that the Gers currently have a “very good goalkeeper” in Wes Foderingham.
“I think it would be a great signing,” Ferguson told STV.
“I played with Allan for a number of years and he’s a fantastic goalkeeper with a lot of ability but the biggest thing for me is he is a massive character. He puts demands on players and he knows what its like to play at Rangers. He knows the pressure that the fans put you under but for me it’s a no brainer.
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“Listen, I think Rangers have got a very good goalkeeper at this moment in time but to get Allan McGregor would be a massive signing.”
The Scotland international joined Hull after a single season in Turkey and has made 146 appearances for the Tigers.
The signing of the 36-year-old will no doubt split opinion amongst Rangers fans after the way the goalkeeper left the Gers in 2012.
McGregor made 250 appearances for Rangers before leaving Ibrox in 2012 and lifted three Scottish titles, three Scottish Cups and five League Cups during his time with the Light Blues.
Football Insider verdict
At 36 signing McGregor seems like a really short-term move although it would definitely give Wes Foderingham some real competition for the number one jersey. McGregor’s departure in 2012 still leaves a bitter taste and the goalkeeper owes it to the Rangers fans to publicly explain the reasons behind leaving the Gers without pulling any punches. Too many of the players who did leave have made subtle hints at why they left without ever being genuinely open about it and – while McGregor is still a quality goalkeeper – he will have plenty of fans to win over before he even kicks a ball. He wasn’t as bad as certain former team-mates in the way he left but, from the outside, it does still rankle.