Allan McGregor rues missed trophy chances in second spell at Ibrox

McGregor's second spell at Ibrox came during a period of trophy dominance for Celtic.

‘Not good enough’: Allan McGregor rues missed trophy chances in second spell at Ibrox SNS Group

Allan McGregor has admitted his regret at missing out on a string of trophies in his second spell at Rangers that came during a period of dominance for their city rivals.

The legendary Ibrox goalkeeper, who played his final game for the club in his testimonial on Tuesday, lifted a Premiership title and a Scottish Cup after coming back to Glasgow in 2018.

But he also watched on as Celtic won three trebles and a double, including a clean sweep in his final year last season and insists “it’s not good enough for this club”.

Before leaving Scotland for Turkish side Besiktas in 2012, he helped Walter Smith’s side win three league titles in a row between 2009 and 2011 and reach the UEFA Cup final in 2008.

However he has now lamented the fact he was unable to repeat that success on his return to Ibrox in 2018 when Steven Gerrard brought him to the club from English side Hull City.

The Premiership success under the legendary former Liverpool and England star in 2021 and Scottish Cup win under Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the following season, when he also played a major part in the run to the Europa League final, was all to fleeting for the now-41-year-old who lost three finals in his second spell.

And he now admits he wishes he could have won more as the Hoops conquered all in front of them with trebles in 2019, 2020 and 2023 and a Premiership and League Cup double in 2022.

The former Scotland international, who says helping the club to their 55th title in 2021 will “live with” him for the rest of his life, admitted in his programme notes: “I wish there were more, I’m not going to lie.

“Without wanting to sound negative here, we have won two trophies from a possible 15 in the last five years – 16 if you include the Europa League final – and that is not enough for this club.

“At Rangers there always has to be a standard where every game and every trophy is a must-win.

“I try to do my best to get that through to people, that you must be consistently winning leagues and winning cups. We need to get back to that as soon as possible.

“But winning the club’s 55th title was something very special to me and I’ll never forget that.”

He brings an end to his career with 42 Scotland caps, four league titles, four Scottish Cups, five League Cups and two European runners-up medals.

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