Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has heaped more praise on keeper Allan McGregor – but says scoring past him in his playing days was “standard”.
The Gers gaffer branded his goalie “world class” after a stunning string of saves in the 0-0 draw with Villareal in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Scotland star’s heroic performance was the latest in a run of standout displays for the Ibrox side this season.
But his manager couldn’t resist a tongue-in-cheek pop at the keeper, saying it was normal to find him netting against McGregor when Liverpool took on Hull City in the Premier League.
Gerrard said: “I’ve played against him a couple of times and managed to bury a few past him, but that’s standard, that’s pretty normal.”
Gerrard expressed his delight over McGregor’s top-class form since returning to the club in the summer.
And he even insisted the 36-year-old is still improving as he gets older.
Gerrard said: “He’s happy and he’s enjoying his football. I think that he is delighted to be back here, this is his club.
“He has been very professional, both on and off the pitch since I’ve come across him close up.
“How long he plays for is down to him. I think that ability-wise, he is never going to lose that. I think it’s down to probably hunger and how his body feels.
“He looks in great shape to me and we’re delighted to have him. He seems to be getting better and better each week, which is strange because he’s been magnificent from day one.”
“I’ve always known he is a top goalie. I’ve watched him in lots of Old Firms over the years and seen him pull off wonderful saves and top class performances.”