As his heroics helped Rangers to win over Celtic at Ibrox, BONGANI ZUNGU had no doubt that Allan McGregor would feature at the Old Firm on Saturday.
The 38-year-old was appointed Man of the Match as he made a number of excellent saves to hold Rangers in a game in which they were second best for long stretches – including one on a Leigh Griffiths shot in the first half.
As Nir Bitton saw red, his good performance proved crucial and Callum McGregor scored his own goal to condemn Celtic to their second derby loss of the season and raise the gap to 19 points at the top of the Premier League table with three games remaining.
For Steven Gerrard’s hand, Keeper McGregor has been one of the most significant and reliable players of the season so far and his impact will be vital in the coming months as the Gers aim to win the Championship.
This season’s impressive success against Celtic will go down as one of his most impressive, and Zungu knows how strong the Ibrox hero is on and off the pitch.
He’s an amazing guy, he’s an amazing player and professional, and you’ve seen how important he is to the club and the team against Celtic,” Zungu said.”
He was one of the players who talked to me and helped me settle in when I came here.
He’s a really sweet man, even though he’s shouting a lot at the defense.
“He brings to the field his personality. He’s a champion who knows what it’s going to take. Obviously, the other players benefit from that.
The coach always claims that in big games, great players rise to the challenge and that’s exactly what Allan did against Celtic.
His saves were unbelievable, and at crucial moments in the game they arrived. He was great!’