STEVEN Gerrard described the performance of Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor as ‘world class’ in the 1-0 win over Celtic at Ibrox.
In the first half, as Neil Lennon’s side dominated, McGregor made a number of significant saves, directing a Leigh Griffiths shot that was intended for the top corner of the goal against the post.
Afterwards, Gerrard, whose side transfer simply 19 points to the top of the Premier League with the victory, regretted the fact that the former international in Scotland was 38.
“I was delighted with him,” he said. He was elected Man of the Match and it was completely worth it. In the first half, a few of his saves were world class.
After major games, we talk about him a lot, and he tells his own story. You’re talking about a club hero, a phenomenal goalkeeper.
The goalkeepers have to do that, they have to help you win major soccer games. Today, I’m very proud of his success.
“It’s a shame he’s nearly as old as me because I would love to have him as my goalkeeper for many, many more years.”
Rangers kept a clean sheet against an enemy who used Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths to strike. Gerrard was pleased.
We had to fight incredibly hard for it,” he said. “We knew what we were in for when the Celtic match sheet came through.
They have strong players and played in a very defensive formation. They were after us from the beginning and by dropping the ball and being clumsy in the wrong areas of the pitch, we kept playing in Celtic’s possession.
In the second half, we took on Ianis Hagi, who I felt was excellent. In the second half, right before the red card, we were much better. We’ve become a lot more like ourselves.’