Jackie McNamara has heralded goalkeeper Allan McGregor as “Rangers’ best player” in the Light Blues’ derby day defeat to Celtic on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland international, who played in seven Old Firm games during his time as a player, says that the shot-stopper was crucial in keeping Steven Gerrard’s men in the game, pulling off a number of saves to keep the score at just 1-0.

Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring for the Hoops before Jonny Hayes netted deep into injury time to wrap up a 2-0 win, the three points and bragging rights.

However, McNamara insists that the game would have been over a lot sooner had it not been for the efforts of the Rangers keeper and says that the veteran being Gerrard’s best player says a lot about how the game developed.

McNamara told Football Insider: “He was undoubtedly their best player. He kept them in the game, otherwise it would have been over a lot earlier.

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“He really opened the game up, preventing Celtic from getting their second, third, fourth goal, leaving it an open game. He’s done well to keep them in it until Hayes scored. He was definitely Rangers’ best player which tells you a lot about the match.”  

McGregor has cemented his place as Rangers’ number one between the sticks since returning to Ibrox last summer, the 37-year-old playing 52 times across all competitions in his first season back.

He has already played 10 matches during the current campaign, the majority coming in the club’s Europa League qualifying fixtures.

In other Rangers news, Danny Mills has suggested to Football Insider that one thing might not have been “fair” in their defeat to the Hoops.