Top sides need top keep­ers..

Irish Sunday Mirror - - SPORT - BY SCOTT MCDER­MOTT

Hearts v Rangers Tynecas­tle, 12pm

STEVEN GERRARD has com­pared Rangers keeper Al­lan Mc­gre­gor to Pepe Reina – and says Ibrox director of foot­ball Mark Allen is a ge­nius for get­ting him on a free.

Gerrard rates Liver­pool icon Reina as the best he ever played with at An­field and be­lieves Mc­gre­gor is on a par with the Spa­niard.

And af­ter his in­cred­i­ble dis­play against Vil­lar­real in the Europa League on Thurs­day night, the Gers boss still can’t be­lieve he got the 36-year-old for noth­ing.

He said: “Do­mes­ti­cally, Pepe Reina is the best I’ve played with. But Al­lan is up there with him, for sure.

“I wasn’t lucky enough to play with him but I’m de­lighted to have him as one of my play­ers.

“He’s sim­i­lar to Pepe in many ways, I have the same trust in both of them.

“When some­one was through on goal and Reina was there, I al­ways felt he could bail us out. You get that same feel­ing with Mc­gre­gor.

“To win the big­gest games in any league, you need a top goalie.

“It was an area when I took over here that I was keen to strengthen.

“Speak­ing to the re­cruit­ment team when I knew Mc­gre­gor was avail­able and des­per­ate to come back, it was a no-brainer. I still can’t be­lieve we got him for free. That was a stroke of ge­nius from Mark Allen.”

Gerrard’s side face Hearts today know­ing a vic­tory will take them top of the Premier­ship.

He said: “It would be great for the sup­port­ers to go top but we have to earn the right.”

A STEAL: Rangers bagged Al­lan Mc­gre­gor on a free

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