Allan McGregor’s form for Rangers this season has left his manager Steven Gerrard ruing Liverpool’s failure to ever sign the goalkeeper at his peak.
The veteran goalkeeper, 36, has rolled back the years this season with some phenomenal performances between the sticks and was at his best on Thursday evening to keep La Liga outfit Villarreal at bay in their Europa League encounter.
And his display left Gerrard to sing McGregor’s praises – but also regretting the fact that he never played alongside the former Besiktas and Hull custodian when he was at the top of his powers at Liverpool.
Gerrard said: “I don’t think it’s luck, although we have rode our luck at times in certain games.
“Of course we have, but you’ve got to. However, those two saves by Allan McGregor were down to talent and ability.
“For me, he is the best shotstopper up here. He is right up with the best when it comes down to one-v-ones and shot-stopping.
“I remember watching Allan in a lot of Old Firm games for many years. As a Liverpool player, you are thinking, ‘I wouldn’t mind a bit of him’.
“Not just on talent and ability, but as a leader and a person. You can see a lot when you watch players.
“McGregor was good enough to play in the top six down in England, no doubt about it.”