Naismith urges McGregor stay
Rangers midfielder Steven Naismith has hailed goalkeeper Allan McGregor as one of the best in Europe.
Last Updated: 24/01/11 5:37pm
Rangers winger Steven Naismith has hailed goalkeeper Allan McGregor as one of the best in Europe.
The Scottish shot-stopper has been linked with some Premier League clubs, with Arsenal rumoured to be strongly interested in his signature.
The 27-year-old is regarded as one of Europe's top performers between the sticks, despite Craig Gordon being preferred as Scotland's No.1.
Despite the links with a move to England, Naismith was hopeful the club could retain the services of McGregor beyond January and for the foreseeable future.
"I've seen lots of goalies around Europe and I would put Allan McGregor up with the best of them," Naismith said.
"You just need to look at the amount of saves, crucial saves, he has made to keep Rangers in games and to go on to win games.
"We've been in this situation for a couple of years now - Madjid Bougherra, Allan McGregor have been linked with teams."
The Scotland wideman also reflected on the past few days, that has seen striker Kenny Miller depart for Bursaspor and links with former Gers hitman Kris Boyd, who is out of favour at Championship strugglers Middlesbrough.
"It is a big loss for us, but it gives the other players an opportunity," he added.
"It would be nice if we could bring someone in. It would freshen the place up a bit and maybe put a few boys on their toes.
"If Boydy came back he'd do his usual and score goals.
"But a lot of stuff's happened since he moved on. Whether the club want him back or whether he even wants to come back will be for them to discuss.
"If something could get done, I'm sure the club would do it."
Rangers manager Walter Smith said speculation is a natural part of football, with ex-Rangers striker Nacho Novo, Derby's Kris Commons, FC Groningen's Tim Matavz and Plymouth forward Bradley Wright-Phillips mentioned as possible recruits in the past few days.
Smith told Blues News: "We've been looking over things but so far nothing has come up that would interest us. Therefore, we are as we are just now.
"I don't know if or when we will be able to get somebody in or not. The January window is never an easy one in which to bring in any player.
"I would hope we can find something to our liking which is available to us in the next week or so. If not, we'll go with the group we've got."