Rangers could save millions by tying Allan McGregor down to a new contract, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted a new deal was a “no brainer” after Steven Gerrard confirmed contract talks were underway.

As revealed by Football Insider, the 39-year-old has privately told friends he will sign an extension that will keep him at Ibrox for another year.

The shot-stopper’s current terms are set to expire at the end of the season.

However, as revealed by best mate Alan Hutton to Football Insider, McGregor has been coy about signing a new deal up until now.

The keeper has put in a series of top-class displays this term, most recently in the 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague.

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As such, Whelan claimed a new deal would save Rangers from having to splash out in the transfer window.

“He’s a player that knows the club inside out,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

” To me, it’s a no brainer when you’ve got quality like that who’s still producing displays at the highest level. If you went out to get another goalkeeper now, probably not as good as him, what would you be paying?

“You’d be paying over the odds for what you’re going to get, unfortunately. You’ve got a player there who wants to be at the club. He’s still putting in performances, he has been a massive, integral part of the Premiership win this year.

 

“Goalkeepers can go on forever as long as they keep themselves at a certain fitness.

“They’ve got no need to spend millions in that department. They’ve already got a top-quality goalkeeper.”

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