Paul Robinson has heaped praise on Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor for his role behind the scenes at Ibrox.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England shot-stopper described the 39-year-old as one of Steven Gerrard’s “generals” in the dressing room.
McGregor has kept 14 clean sheets in 20 Scottish Premiership appearances this season – no goalkeeper in the division has more.
As quoted by Glasgow Live, Gerrard hailed the 42-times Scotland international as ‘priceless’ after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock and also drew attention to how ‘low maintenance’ he is behind the scenes.
Robinson compared McGregor to some of the Premier League’s best model pros.
“McGregor has looked after himself in the latter stages of his career better than he has in any other part,” he told Football Insider.
“This spell at Rangers, without a shadow of a doubt, has see him produce his best form. He has proven that he is a top-class goalkeeper.
“Steven has regularly said that he is an example off the pitch as well and manager’s love having senior players in the dressing room who they can rely on.
“Manager’s cannot control the dressing room as well as everything else. You need to have your generals around the training grounds, those older ones who young players look up to consciously or subconsciously.
“Look at Sheffield United, Chris Wilder has done it with Billy Sharp and Phil Jagielka – two excellent model pros. Pablo Hernandez is the example at Leeds. Sean Dyche did it at Burnley with myself and Joe Hart.
“Manager’s like having an experienced player around the dressing room. McGregor is a player that Gerrard can trust.”