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Alan McGregor - Goalkeeper

Personal Information
Full Name: Allan James McGregor
Date of Birth: January 31, 1982
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing Position: Goalkeeper
Club Information
Current Team: Rangers
Player Number: 29
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Club career

Early career
McGregor signed for Rangers in 1998 and was touted as an excellent goalkeeping prospect. His high hopes were put on hold when he injured his wrist during a youth match, somewhat stunting his development. He was 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 2002–3, 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 2004–5 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 recgonised 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 thurst 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 Dutch 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 League Cup final defeat to Celtic and made a total of 31 appearances, keeping seven clean sheets.

Rangers first team

When new Rangers manager, Frenchman Paul Le Guen, arrived McGregor was deemed surplus to requirements and was made available for transfer in August. McGregor's wage demands were enough to scare off his possible SPL suitors and he remained at Ibrox after the summer transfer window closed.

A bizarre pre-season cycling injury to Klos saw McGregor start the 2006–07 season as back-up to Lionel Letizi. When Letizi was also 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 then rewarded with a new contract. This deal committed him to Ibrox until 2009.

McGregor was dropped after 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. This led to many fans calling for McGregor to be reinstated in goal but Le Guen remained faithful to the French goalkeeper and Letizi continued to play in the subsequent matches, until suffering another injury during the warm-up of Rangers' UEFA Cup match against Maccabi Haifa. McGregor returned in goal and would remain there for the rest of the season.

McGregor was sent off during Rangers' UEFA Cup match at Ibrox against Israeli 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 headbutting Hapoel substitute Luciano de Bruno. The incident was not caught on television cameras, and McGregor denied headbutting de Bruno, and he was given a two-match ban, reduced to a one-game ban on appeal. At the end of his first season as Rangers number one, McGregor was voted by his team-mate as Rangers' Player's Player of the Year at an award ceremony. McGregor signed a four year contract with Rangers in September 2007.

He continued to be Rangers first choice the following season, despite the arrival and subsequent departure of Roy Carroll. Rangers progressed to the quarter-final of the UEFA Cup after his superb display in the second leg against Werder Bremen.[13]. He made his 100th appearance for Rangers in an SPL match against Hibernian in March 2008.

McGregor signed a new five year contract worth £5 million in June 2008. He captained the club for the first SPL match of the season against Falkirk due to the absences of Barry Ferguson, David Weir and Carlos Cuéllar.

International career

On January 30, 2007, ex-Rangers manager Alex McLeish named McGregor in his first squad as Scotland manager. He made his international debut against Austria on May 30, 2007, playing the first half in goal before being substituted.[18] McGregor is currently back up to first choice Scotland keeper Craig Gordon.

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