By Gabriel Agbonlahor

2nd Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Rangers may be set for 'harsh' McGregor decision after reveal - pundit

Gabby Agbonlahor has suggested Robby McCrorie could keep Allan McGregor out of the Rangers starting XI after Gary McAllister hailed the youngster “a different player”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward delivered his verdict after McRorie kept back-to-back clean sheets in his first two appearances for the Gers’ senior side.

The 23-year-old was handed his first-team debut against Alashkert in the Europa League last week.

He then kept a clean sheet at Ibrox as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 in their first Old Firm game of the season last weekend.

Both McGregor and Jon McLaughlin were unavailable due to a covid outbreak in the squad.

Manager Steven Gerrard and first-team players including captain James Tavernier also missed both games.

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It is unclear who will be available for Rangers’ first game after the international break when they visit St Johnstone.

Asked whether McCrorie could keep the gloves for the trip to Perth, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It depends on the situation.

“When you’ve been out with an injury and a keeper comes in and does well he keeps the shirt.

“But if it was Covid related, then I’m sure it would be harsh to not give it back to McGregor.

“At least Steven Gerrard now knows he’s got a really good goalkeeper there who’s ready to come in whenever he’s needed.

“He knows he’s got a keeper there ready and waiting to step in when McGregor decides to hang up his gloves.”

As quoted by the Rangers Twitter account on 25 August, assistant boss Gary McAllister claimed McCrorie returned to pre-season training “a different player”.

The ex-Scotland Under-21 international spent last season on loan at Livingston.

In other news, Rangers risk losing a big name on a free transfer after rejecting late Premier League offers.