Former Hull City striker Peter Swan believes the chance to return to Rangers would be too good to miss for Allan McGregor after reports claimed the goalkeeper was close to agreeing a pre-contract with the Light Blues.
According to the Daily Record, McGregor is set for a return to Ibrox six years after leaving and will put pen to paper on a two-year deal.
Swan believes the Scotland international has been “dragging the club up by the bootstraps” this season as they try to avoid relegation to League One but thinks the chance to return to Ibrox could prove too tempting.
“I am convinced that without the Scot, City would have been fighting an uphill battle to avoid relegation this season, dragging the club up by the bootstraps almost single-handedly at times,” Swan said, as quoted by the Hull Daily Mail.
“The keeper has enjoyed five fine years at the KCOM Stadium and while he hasn’t always shone between the sticks, he has played a crucial part in the most successful period in the club’s history, playing in a FA Cup final and winning promotion to the Premier League.
“However, while Nigel Adkins has revealed a deal has been offered to the goalkeeper to extend his stay at the club for another season, something every fan would like to see, that doesn’t provide the stability on offer at Ibrox.
“Should McGregor choose to leave the club it will not be an easy decision, but as I mention above, the chance to return to Scotland and play out the final years of his career with Rangers may be too good to turn down for the stopper.”
McGregor left Rangers in 2012 to sign for Besiktas after refusing to transfer his contract to Charles Green’s newco before signing for Hull 12 months later.
The Scotland international has made 146 appearances for the Tigers and won 35 caps for Scotland.
During his time at Ibrox, the goalkeeper made 250 appearances and lifted three Scottish titles, three Scottish Cups and five League Cups.
Football Insider verdict
McGregor’s return would split opinion with Rangers fans after the way he left in 2012 but there is no doubting h’d provide much better competition for Wes Foderingham at the minute than Jak Alnwick does. The Scotland international’s age is a bit of a concern as it would only be a short-term signing. McGregor will also need to clear the air over the circumstances around his 2012 departure if he is going to win fans around and make an Ibrox return with more than a few still holding a grudge.
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