Gerrard has perfect McGregor heir in Glasgow Rangers teen once hailed as “fantastic” – opinion

Gerrard has perfect McGregor heir in Glasgow Rangers teen once hailed as “fantastic” – opinion

Veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor may have entered the final few months of his Glasgow Rangers contract but that doesn’t necessarily mean the curtains have quite closed on his club career just yet.

Despite his age, the 38-year-old is still an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s side, as he started four out of the five games in a row in all competitions leading up to the Kilmarnock fixture.

However, there may soon come a point when Rangers will need to rejuvenate their goalkeeping options between the sticks by bringing in new faces, but the Light Blues won’t have look much further than their academy ranks.

Rangers academy product Brian Kinnear could be the perfect replacement if McGregor fails to commit his future to the club or reach an agreement with Ross Wilson.

Gerrard clearly rates the 19-year-old very highly indeed, as he has already been involved in first-team training with the regular starters in the Europa League campaign this season.

Under Peter Lovenkrands’ stewardship, Kinnear continued his development as a player during his time with the Rangers reserves. Speaking after the academy side drew with their arch-rivals Celtic in the City of Glasgow Cup group stage clash last season, the club legend singled out the young keeper for praise for his “fantastic” performance, as he made three great saves in the second half.

Lovenkrands told the club’s website: “Brian did really well for us, especially in the second half. When we are pushing to get at least the goal to get back into the game, we’re going to leave ourselves a wee bit vulnerable and open at the back.

“It’s normal, and you expect your goalkeeper to try and help us out, and all credit to Brian as at that bit he was fantastic with some top, top saves to keep us in the game and give us the chance to maybe go and win it in the end.”

The uncapped Scotland U21 international put the team first when asked about his own performance, which is certainly something that will endear him to Gers fans. He said: “It’s my job.

“I’m obviously happy but a wee bit happier for the boys who pushed on, especially in the second half.”

And McGregor has welcomed the competition, saying it drives him on to fight for his place in the starting line-up, which is surely a sign of things to come. He told RangersTV he has been “really impressed” by the youngster’s work ethic after he spent time working with the academy keepers in the summer.

By all accounts, Kinnear just needs to be given a chance to show what he can do in the first team, which is something Gerrard has failed to provide so far. With that being said, he still has plenty of time left to continue to grow and develop as a player, as he recently signed a new contract to extend his stay at the club.

AND in other news, Ross Wilson must reward Glasgow Rangers ace Glen Kamara with new contract

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