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Allan James McGregor (born 31 January 1982) is a Scottishmarker professional football goalkeeper currently playing for Scottish Premier League club Rangers and formerly the Scotland national football team. McGregor was suspended for two weeks by his club and the Scottish Football Association have said that McGregor will not play for Scotland again, following a drinking session with fellow Rangers player Barry Ferguson after Scotland's 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands on 28 March 2009 and also for gestures made, when both players were unused substitutes in Scotland's 2-1 win over Iceland on 1 April 2009.

Club career

Early Rangers career

Edinburghmarker-born McGregor signed for Rangers in 14 July 1998. His early career suffered a setback when he injured his wrist during a youth match, this somewhat stunted his development. However, upon returning from the injury he became a regular in the Reserve team.

He made his first team debut in February 2002 in a Scottish Cup match against Forfar Athletic and his SPL debut against Aberdeen. McGregor did not play a single minute of competitive football during 2002-03, an unused substitute in every match of Rangers' Treble success. The following season, McGregor made six appearances, twice in the League Cup and four times in the league.

Loan spells

In 2004-05 McGregor was loaned to Scottish Football League club St Johnstone, making his his debut in a Challenge Cup match against Alloa Athletic. McGregor produced a string of impressive performances for the Saints and kept six consecutive clean sheets for the club. This achievement was recognised as he was named SFL Player of the month for December 2004. He made 24 appearances in total for the club and kept 11 clean sheets. Upon returning to Rangers in January 2005, McGregor found himself thrust into the number one spot after an injury to first choice Stefan Klos. He played in a 3-0 win over Livingston and was widely expected to remain in goal for he rest of the season. However, manager Alex McLeish then signed Dutchmarker keeper Ronald Waterreus on deadline day, a move which angered McGregor.

For the 2005-06 campaign McGregor was on loan to Dunfermline Athletic, making his Pars debut in a 3–2 league defeat to Kilmarnock. He played in the 2006 Scottish League Cup Final defeat to Celtic and made a total of 31 appearances, keeping seven clean sheets.

Rangers first team

With the arrival of Frenchmanmarker Paul Le Guen, McGregor was deemed surplus to requirements and was made available for transfer in August 2006. His wage demands however ruled him out of a move in Scotland outside of the Old Firm and so he remained at Ibroxmarker after the summer transfer window closed. A bizarre pre-season cycling injury to Klos, meant that McGregor started the 2006-07 season as back-up to Lionel Letizi. When Letizi was himself injured, McGregor started the next match for Rangers, a 2-2 draw away to Kilmarnock. He went on to produce some impressive performances and was awarded the Scottish Premier League player of the month for September and was then rewarded with a new contract.

McGregor was dropped when Letizi returned from injury. This decision by Le Guen was to backfire as Letizi was at fault for the goal conceded in a 1-0 home defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Le Guen remained faithful to the Letizi and continued to play him in the subsequent matches by when Letizi was injured yet again, McGregor returned in goal. He remained there for the rest of the season.

McGregor was sent off during Rangers' UEFA Cup match at Ibrox against Israelimarker side Hapoel Tel Aviv, which they won 4-0. After Barry Ferguson's second goal, Italian referee Matteo Trefoloni gave a straight red card to the goalkeeper for allegedly headbutting Hapoel substitute Luciano de Bruno. The incident was not caught on television cameras and McGregor denied headbutting de Bruno. However, he was given a two-match ban, reduced to a one-game ban on appeal. At the end of his first season as first choice keeper, he was voted by his Rangers team-mate as the Player's Player of the Year.

In September 2007 McGregor signed a new four year contract with Rangers. He continued to be Rangers number one the following season, despite the arrival and subsequent departure of former Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll. Rangers progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2008 UEFA Cup after McGregor's superb display in the fourth round second-leg match against Werder Bremen, which drew praised from the manager. He made his 100th appearance for Rangers in a league match against Hibernian in March 2008.

McGregor signed another new contract keeping him at the club until 2013 and worth £5 million in June 2008. He captained the club for the first Scottish Premier League match of the 2008-09 season against Falkirk due to the absences of captain Barry Ferguson and senior players David Weir and Carlos Cuéllar. McGregor was a regular in the side, playing in the 2009 Scottish League Cup Final defeat to Celtic, up until the Boozegate scandal which saw himself and Barry Ferguson dropped by both club and country. He played what was to be his last game of that season on 21 March, a 2-2 draw at home to Hearts.

International career

On 30 January 2007, ex-Rangers manager Alex McLeish named McGregor in his first squad as Scotland manager. He made his international debut against Austria on 30 May 2007, playing the first half in goal before being substituted. McGregor was initially back up to fellow keeper Craig Gordon but was chosen ahead of him for Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Netherlands.

On 3 April 2009, McGregor was banned from ever representing Scotland again after multiple breaches of squad discipline including staying up drinking after Scotland's international game with Holland and appearing to gesture to the cameras before the international game against Iceland. He has since apologised and been docked two weeks wages by Rangers.

Career statistics

Correct as of 10 November 2009

Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2001-02 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2002-03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
2004-05 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
St Johnstone (loan) 20 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 24 0
Dunfermline (loan) 2005-06 26 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 31 0
Rangers 2006-07 31 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 42 0
2007-08 31 0 3 0 3 0 16 0 53 0
2008-09 27 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 35 0
2009-10 10 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 15 0
Rangers total 107 0 8 0 10 0 31 0 156 0
Career total 153 0 9 0 15 0 34 0 211 0


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