Rangers’ interest in Jack Butland set to decide McGregor’s future
Alan Nixon has suggested on his Patreon page that Rangers are interested in a loan-to-buy option for Jack Butland this summer and if a deal is reached, Allan McGregor’s contract decision is simple.
It has been reported [The Athletic, 3 June]that a deal is on the table for the 40-year-old keeper.
The former Scotland number one is yet to make a decision on his future, but if Gers make a move for 29-year-old Butland, McGregor should definitely consider stopping him.
McGregor enjoyed a memorable season at Ibrox and was integral to their journey to the Europa League final, making crucial saves for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
However, McGregor must realize it’s time to hang up his gloves as the Ibrox faithful still remember him fondly.
He has to wonder if he can recreate what he did this season for Rangers.
Even though Rangers were superb in qualifying for the Europa League final, it’s highly unlikely they could replicate that feat again in the 2022-23 campaign.
Moreover, the news of Butland’s potential transfer should tell the 41-year-old there’s a good chance he won’t be Gers’ number one next season.
He has to wonder if another season playing the occasional cup game and sitting on the bench is the way he wants to end his career.
McGregor must also put the club’s needs ahead of his own at the moment.
Realistically, Rangers need to sign a younger goalkeeper who will give them a long-term option.
If McGregor decided to stay, it will prolong their search for another goaltender for at least another season.
In other Rangers news, Alan Nixon provides an update on Joe Aribo’s potential transfer from Rangers to Crystal Palace.