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McGregor deserves honour of breaking Gers' Euro appearance record: Gerrard

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Allan McGregor

Allan McGregor

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Allan McGregor

Steven Gerrard heaped praise on Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor as he prepares to break the club's record for European appearances.

The 38-year-old, in his second spell at Ibrox, is poised to make his 83rd continental appearance in the home Europa League Group D match against Standard Liege tonight, one more than former team-mate Barry Ferguson.

Rangers boss Gerrard said: "His consistency levels from day one have been at a really high level and Allan deserves to break this record.

"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, 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.

"He (McGregor) is certainly up there alongside the best I have played with in terms of how he goes about his business on a daily basis.

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"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."

Asked about the achievement, McGregor said: "At the moment I am just concentrating on the game but probably it will take until later in life to realise what an achievement it is.

"Obviously it is a very proud one, and just to be part of the history will be unbelievable."

The Light Blues, unbeaten this season, are top of Group D along with Benfica on eight points from four games, with Polish club Lech Poznan and Standard Liege both on three points.

Gerrard is looking to qualify against the Belgian outfit, whom Rangers beat 2-0 on match day one.

"The next challenge is Standard Liege, a very good and dangerous team," he said.

"But tomorrow night is a fantastic opportunity for us to qualify for the second season on the spin, and that's the challenge and the only one we should focus on."

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