By Wayne Veysey

5th Oct, 2019 | 1:34pm

Rangers set to tie up new deal before Christmas - Ibrox Sources

Allan McGregor is set to extend his Rangers contract before Christmas, Football Insider has learned.

The Scottish giants are eager to tie down the goalkeeper long before his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that there is a clause in the agreement automatically triggering a one-year extension if he makes a set number of appearances in this campaign.

That number is believed to be around the 25-match mark, a target McGregor is set to hit by early December if he avoids injury.

Rangers have another glut of fixtures after the international break and the 37-year-old is set to play most, if not all, of them due to his importance to the team.

Even if the veteran keeper suffers a serious injury, Steven Gerrard has made it clear to the Ibrox hierarchy he wants him to get a new contract.

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The former Scotland international has played some of the best football of his lengthy career since returning to Glasgow in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer from Hull City.

He instantly deposed Wes Foderingham as the number one and has not looked like losing his grip on the jersey since.

McGregor has made 16 appearances this season and conceded just nine goals, two of which came in the midweek 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in Switzerland.

Remarkably, he has already kept 10 clean sheets for the Light Blues in 2019-20.

In total, the keeper has played 318 matches for Rangers, 66 of which have come in his return, and also had a distinguished spell at Hull as well as shorter ones at Besiktas, Cardiff City and Dunfermline Athletic.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have offered a £4.2million new deal.