Allan McGregor: Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says goalkeeper deserves appearances record

Allan McGregor will break Barry Ferguson's record for the most European appearances by a Rangers player, against Standard Liege on Thursday; Steven Gerrard: "They are two fantastic servants to the club"; Gerrard says Dave King agreeing to sell his shares to Club 1872 is "positive".

Allan McGregor is set to break the record for the most Rangers appearances in Europe
Image: Allan McGregor is set to break the record for the most Rangers appearances in Europe

Steven Gerrard heaped praise on Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who is set to break the club's record for European appearances.

The 38-year-old, in his second spell at Ibrox, is poised to make his 83rd continental appearance in the Europa League Group D match against Standard Liege at Ibrox on Thursday, one more than former team-mate Barry Ferguson.

Rangers boss Gerrard said: "His consistency levels from day one have been at a really high level and Allan deserves to break this record.

"I'm really pleased for him, we are all proud of him here. He has never let us down and he is someone we are extremely happy with.

"To take the record off someone like Barry Ferguson who has an incredible legacy at the club, I think it should be a proud day for both.

"I am sure Allan will be very grateful to take the baton from Barry but I am sure Barry will be very proud as well because they played together and they are two fantastic servants for the club.

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"He is certainly up there alongside the best I have played with in terms of how he goes about his business on a daily basis.

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"His standards are top and it certainly helps my job when there are people in the dressing room that help relay the message and basically set the standards themselves."

Asked about the achievement, McGregor said: "At the moment I am just concentrating on the game but probably it will take until later in life to realise what an achievement it is.

"Obviously it is a very proud one and just to be part of the history will be unbelievable."

Steven Gerrard
Image: Steven Gerrard is looking to finish top of Europa League Group D

Rangers, unbeaten this season, are top of Group D along with Benfica on eight points from four games with Polish club Lech Poznan and Standard Liege both on three points.

Gerrard is looking to qualify against the Belgian side, whom Rangers beat 2-0 on matchday one.

"The next challenge is Standard Liege, a very good and dangerous team," he said.

"But tomorrow night is a fantastic opportunity for us to qualify for the second season on the spin and that's the challenge and the only one we should focus on."

Gerrard says King selling shares to Club 1872 is "positive"

Former Rangers chairman Dave King
Image: Dave King stepped down from his role as Rangers chairman in 2019

Gerrard admitted he did not know that former chairman Dave King was set to offer fans' group Club 1872 the opportunity to buy his shares and therefore strengthen their position at the club but believes it would be a "positive" development.

"I don't think much changes for me in terms of the dynamics, how things work," he said. "Obviously Dave stepped aside some time ago, my relationship with Dave is really strong, I'm still in constant dialogue with Dave.

"What I would say is that Tuesday's news was new to me. I didn't have any idea that was going to break so I haven't really had time to read up about it or educate myself on what could happen in the short, medium or long term.

"I suppose it is a positive in terms of what I have read so far in terms of the fans getting closer and giving them more ownership if you like.

"But with stuff like that, at that level of the club, I think I'll leave that to the people in the suits and the businessmen to do the right thing by Rangers.

"For me on a daily basis nothing really changes but I'm sure when I have future chats with Ross (Wilson) and Stewart (Robertson) and the board I'll be brought up to speed with what exactly is going to be going on in the short, medium and long (term)."

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