By Paddy Kenny

17th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Kenny salutes McGregor after 'massive' Rangers development

Allan McGregor’s experience is invaluable for Rangers on big European nights and he is integral to their hopes of making the new year knockout stage.

So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 39-year-old Rangers shot-stopper following last night’s 2-0 defeat to Lyon.

McGregor started in goal for Steven Gerrard’s side as they suffered a rare Europa League group defeat after being undone by Lyon at a packed Ibrox.

The shot-stopper had missed the Scottish champions’ previous three matches through injury.

Backup goalkeepers Jon McLaughlin and Robby McCrorie had filled in during the veteran’s absence.

No one has more appearances for Rangers in European competitions than McGregor, who has now featured 88 times in total.

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And Kenny claims that the 42-cap Scotland international could be “massive” for Rangers if they are to go far in Europe this season.

“It was great to have him back in,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“It’s always massive to have someone of his experience on a big European night.

“I don’t think people realise just how important it is to have someone down the spine of that team with his pedigree.

“He is knocking on a bit. What is he now, 65? All jokes aside, he’s still doing unbelievably well.

“In Europe, that is going to be key for Rangers if they are gonna do well again.”

Rangers will also face Sparta Prague and Brondby in Group A over the coming weeks.

They meet Motherwell, Livingston and Dundee in the Scottish Premiership before their next Europa League clash on 30 September.

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