Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes Allan McGregor deserves his place in the club’s history books as he prepares to break a record.
The goalkeeper is expected to start Rangers’ Europa League against Standard Liege on Thursday and will break the club’s record for European appearances.
McGregor has played 82 games for Rangers across Champions League and Europa League, level with former Ibrox captain Barry Ferguson, but is set to become the outright record-holder.
“His consistency levels from day one have been at a really high level and Allan deserves to break this record,” Gerrard said.
“I’m really pleased for him, we are all proud of him here. He has never let us down and he is someone we are extremely happy with.
“To take the record off someone like Barry Ferguson who has an incredible legacy at the club, I think it should be a proud day for both.
“I am sure Allan will be very grateful to take the baton from Barry but I am sure Barry will be very proud as well because they played together and they are two fantastic servants for the club.”
Gerrard played with top-class goalkeepers during his career with Liverpool and England and believes his current number one belongs in the best company.
“He is certainly up there alongside the best I have played with in terms of how he goes about his business on a daily basis,” the manager added.
“His standards are top and it certainly helps my job when there are people in the dressing room that help relay the message and basically set the standards themselves.”