Kirk Broadfoot insists Rangers experience could see Celtic see

Kirk Broadfoot insists Rangers experience could see Celtic see

Kirk Broadfoot believes long-serving Alan McGregor and Steven Davies will both be crucial for Rangers not only in Sunday’s Old Firm clash but also in crucial domestic and Europa League run-ins.

The former Gers star believes the veteran keeper and Northern Ireland star’s experience will be massive in the final push starting with a table-topping clash with Celtic.

Broadfoot played with both of them in his first spell at Rangers and thinks he has shown that age is only a number.

Davis, 37, has suffered minor injuries but still produced for his country this week.

Broadfoot thinks the Light Blues should extend their deals if the 40-year-old wants to play McGregor and Davis.

Broadfoot said: “Allen has been incredible not only this season but throughout his time at Rangers.

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“Steven has been exactly that. I know he’s had a few injuries this season, but that’s the only thing that’s stopped him.

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“These guys have shown in the park that they can contribute and especially in the big games.

“Sunday is one of those where Rangers want to draw level with Celtic at the top and the experience of both can be important.

“They’ve been there and done it and know what it takes to cross the line in these games. Giovanni van Bronckhorst would know that too.

“Also, in terms of fitness and being able to play at that top level, I cannot be questioned either.

“If they both wanted to stay at Rangers, which I’m sure they do, it would be a no-brainer for the club to keep them. They might have a season or two to go.”

McGregor has come under criticism for some costly mistakes but Inverness defender Broadfoot insists he is in the minority.

He knows his old teammate always matters and has shown that Rangers produces match-winning performances in Europa League runs, against Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade.

Kirk Broadfoot Insists Rangers Experience Could See Celtic See
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Broadfoot insisted: “Every goalkeeper makes mistakes. People just look at Alan’s age and question him because he has made some mistakes but it is wrong.

“All the top goalkeepers in the world make mistakes. It doesn’t matter if you’re 28 or 40, you’ll still make mistakes.

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“Look at some of the saves he made in Europe recently and especially in the first leg of the Red Star Belgrade game where he saved a penalty.

“He was the best player in the park by a mile and Allen is still proving himself at the top level.”

Broadfoot is also in the autumn of his career, but thinks McGregor and Davis would be crazy to hang up gloves and boots, respectively, come summer — especially if Rangers are to reclaim their title.

The centre-half said: “Everyone has told me that you should play as much as you can and I am sure they will have the same advice.

“When I played with him, he trained the way he played. He gave 100 percent every day and I am convinced that he is still like that.

“It has put him in a good position throughout his career.

“And when it comes to Steven you also have to look at how many international games he’s played – and he’s still playing.

“I definitely think they both have a little bit left in the tank.”

Broadfoot knows Rangers will eventually need to look ahead and when the pair decide to call in time this will make Boss van Bronckhorst a major issue inside and outside Park. He believes it will be a lot harder than just bringing in another keeper and midfielder.

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He knows both have a lot to offer in terms of their presence, experience and leadership as Rangers prepare for another big run-in with games against Celtic in the league and cup that could decide their season , as well as two major Europa League knockout ties. SC Braga.

Kirk said: “Rangers will be at a big loss when they go.

“There will be a huge hole to fill because they know the demands of Rangers and what it takes to be winners at the top of Scottish football.

“They might not play as many games next season – although I see no reason why they can’t – but simply having them around these guys knows all about Rangers and what it takes to play there. have to do.

“This is especially important for little boys and newbies who may be approaching the summer.

“Look at last season, when Rangers won the league. Steven was named the Football Writers’ Player of the Year and with no fans in the stands then, he would have been one of the leaders to push that Rangers team from the pitch to the dressing room.

“You know when Alan and Steven decide to go they’ll want to go on their own terms and with the Rangers as winners.”


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