Ste­vie: Al­lan up there with my mate Pepe

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Mail Sport -

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 will need McGre­gor in top form to­day as his side face Hearts 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. It’s where you want to be. “Ob­vi­ously we want to stay as high as we can for as long as we can. We want to com­pete at the top, that’s the chal­lenge. “There will be a lot of twists and turns but, come the win­ter break, it would be nice to be sit­ting top.”

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