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Allan McGregor
Personal information
Full name Allan James McGregor
Date of birth 31 January 1982 (1982-01-31) (age 28)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998– Rangers 123 (0)
2004–2005 St. Johnstone (loan) 20 (0)
2005–2006 Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 26 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Scotland U21 6 (0)
2004 Scotland B 1 (0)
2007–2009 Scotland 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2010

Allan James McGregor[1] (born 31 January 1982) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Rangers and formerly the Scotland national team as a goalkeeper. McGregor was suspended for two weeks by his club and the Scottish Football Association said that McGregor will not play for Scotland again, following a drinking session with fellow Rangers player Barry Ferguson after Scotland's 3–0 defeat to the Netherlands on 28 March 2009 and also for gestures made, when both players were unused substitutes in Scotland's 2–1 win over Iceland on 1 April 2009.[2][3]

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Club career

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Early Rangers career

Born in Edinburgh, McGregor signed for Rangers on 14 July 1998.[1] His early career suffered a setback when he injured his wrist during a youth match, which stunted his development. However, upon returning from the injury he became a regular in the reserve team.

He made his first team debut in February 2002 in a Scottish Cup match against Forfar Athletic[4] and his Scottish Premier League debut against Aberdeen. McGregor did not play a single minute of competitive football during the 2002–03 season, being an unused substitute in every match of Rangers' Treble success. The following season, McGregor made six appearances, twice in the Scottish League Cup and four times in the league.

Loan spells

In the 2004–05 season McGregor was loaned to Scottish Football League (SFL) club St. Johnstone, making his his debut in a Scottish Challenge Cup match against Alloa Athletic. McGregor produced a string of impressive performances for St. Johnstone and kept six consecutive clean sheets for the club. This achievement was recognised as he was named SFL Player of the Month for December 2004.[5] He made 24 appearances in total for the club and kept 11 clean sheets. Upon returning to Rangers in January 2005, McGregor found himself thrust into the number one spot after an injury to first choice Stefan Klos.[6] He played in a 3–0 win over Livingston and was widely expected to remain in goal for he rest of the season. However, manager Alex McLeish then signed Dutch keeper Ronald Waterreus[7] on deadline day, a move which angered McGregor.[8]

For the 2005–06 season McGregor was on loan at Dunfermline Athletic, making his debut in a 3–2 league defeat to Kilmarnock. He played in the 2006 Scottish League Cup Final defeat to Celtic[9] and made 31 appearances in all competitions, keeping seven clean sheets.

Rangers first team

With the arrival of Frenchman Paul Le Guen as manager at Rangers, McGregor was deemed surplus to requirements and was made available for transfer in August 2006. His wage demands however ruled him out of a move in Scotland outside of the Old Firm and so he remained at Ibrox after the summer transfer window closed. A bizarre pre-season cycling injury to Stefan Klos[10] meant that McGregor started the 2006–07 season as back-up to Lionel Letizi. When Letizi was himself injured, McGregor started the next match for Rangers, a 2–2 draw away to Kilmarnock. He went on to produce some impressive performances and was awarded the Scottish Premier League Player of the Month for September[11] and was then rewarded with a new contract.[12]

McGregor was dropped when Letizi returned from injury. This decision by Le Guen was to backfire as Letizi was at fault for the goal conceded in a 1–0 home defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Le Guen remained faithful to Letizi and continued to play him in the subsequent matches and when Letizi was injured again, McGregor returned in goal. He remained there for the rest of the season.

He was sent off during Rangers' UEFA Cup match at Ibrox against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv, which they won 4–0. After Barry Ferguson's second goal, Italian referee Matteo Trefoloni gave a straight red card to McGregor for allegedly headbutting Hapoel substitute Luciano De Bruno. The incident was not caught on television cameras and McGregor denied headbutting De Bruno. However, he was given a two-match ban, which was reduced to one game on appeal.[13] At the end of his first season as first choice keeper, he was voted by his Rangers teammates as the Player's Player of the Year.[14]

In September 2007 McGregor signed a new four-year contract with Rangers.[15] He continued to be Rangers' number one the following season, despite the arrival and subsequent departure of former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll. Rangers progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2008 UEFA Cup after McGregor's superb display in the fourth round second-leg match against SV Werder Bremen, which drew praised from the manager.[16] He made his 100th appearance for Rangers in a league match against Hibernian in March 2008.[17]

McGregor signed another new contract in June 2008, keeping him at the club until 2013 and worth £5 million.[18] He captained the club for the first Scottish Premier League match of the 2008–09 season against Falkirk due to the absences of captain Barry Ferguson and senior players David Weir and Carlos Cuéllar.[19] McGregor was a regular in the side, playing in the 2009 Scottish League Cup Final defeat to Celtic, up until the Boozegate scandal which saw himself and Ferguson dropped by both club and country. He played what was to be his last game of that season on 21 March, a 2–2 draw at home to Hearts.[20]

International career

On 30 January 2007, ex-Rangers manager Alex McLeish named McGregor in his first squad as Scotland manager.[21] He made his international debut against Austria on 30 May 2007, playing the first half in goal before being substituted.[22] He was initially back up to fellow keeper Craig Gordon but was chosen ahead of him for Scotland's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands.

On 3 April 2009, McGregor was banned from representing Scotland again after multiple breaches of squad discipline including staying up drinking after Scotland's international game with the Netherlands on 28 March 2009 and appearing to gesture to the cameras before the international game against Iceland on 1 April 2009. He later apologised and was docked two weeks wages by Rangers.[23]

Career statistics

As of 6 March 2010.

Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other[24] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2001–02 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2002–03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
2004–05 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
St Johnstone (loan) 20 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 24 0
Dunfermline (loan) 2005–06 26 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 31 0
Rangers 2006–07 31 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 42 0
2007–08 31 0 3 0 3 0 16 0 53 0
2008–09 27 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 35 0
2009–10 25 0 4 0 0 0 6 0 35 0
Rangers total 122 0 12 0 10 0 32 0 176 0
Career total 168 0 13 0 15 0 35 0 231 0

Honours

Rangers
2009
2002, 2003, 2009
2002, 2003, 2008

References

  1. ^ a b Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  2. ^ "Ferguson and McGregor Suspended". Rangers FC. 3 April 2009. http://www.rangers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Headlines/0,,5~1612014,00.html. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ferguson and McGregor No Longer Scotland Players". Scottish Football Association. 3 April 2009. http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=273&newsCategoryID=6&newsID=4548. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Rangers floor Forfar". BBC Sport. 24 February 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scottish_cup/1832736.stm. 
  5. ^ "Saints' form rewarded by Bell's" BBC Sport (12 January 2005)
  6. ^ "Klos out for rest of the season" BBC Sport. 29 January 2005.
  7. ^ "Keeper Waterreus joins Rangers" BBC Sport (31 January 2005)
  8. ^ "McGregor anger at keeper signing" BBC Sport (2 February 2005)
  9. ^ "Dunfermline add two more to squad". BBC Sport. 29 August 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/dunfermline_athletic/4186858.stm. 
  10. ^ "Gers keeper injured while biking" BBC Sport (24 May 2006)
  11. ^ "McGregor aims for award rewards". BBC Sport. 9 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/6034227.stm. 
  12. ^ "McGregor signs new deal at Ibrox". BBC Sport. 27 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/6091250.stm. 
  13. ^ "Uefa hands McGregor two-match ban". BBC Sport. 28 February 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/6390335.stm. 
  14. ^ "Hemdani Named Player Of The Year". Rangers F.C.. 16 April 2007. http://www.rangers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Headlines/0,,5~1011888,00.html. 
  15. ^ "McGregor extends Rangers contract". BBC Sport. 22 September 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7008254.stm. 
  16. ^ "Smith praise for McGregor display". BBC Sport. 14 March 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7292906.stm. 
  17. ^ "Rangers 2-1 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 22 March 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/7306430.stm. 
  18. ^ "McGregor extends stay at Rangers". BBC Sport. 27 June 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7477287.stm. 
  19. ^ "Falkirk 0-1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 9 August 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/7548329.stm. 
  20. ^ "Rangers 2-2 Hearts" BBC Sport (21 March 2009)
  21. ^ "McLeish names first Scotland squad". Scottish FA. 30 January 2007. http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/news.cfm?newsid=2647. 
  22. ^ "Austria 0-1 Scotland". BBC Sport. 30 May 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/6696543.stm. 
  23. ^ "Scots ban Rangers pair for life". BBC Sport. 3 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7981287.stm. 
  24. ^ Includes Europe and Challenge Cup

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