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Asset Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor prides himself that makes him stand up

Rangers goalkeeper Colin Stewart has revealed how Allan McGregor's poker face is one of his biggest assets that holds him at the top of the club and the country.

The veteran guard has been in excellent shape since returning to Ibrox in the summer and has since recovered the gloves Scotland in the Nations League.

McGregor has kept 10 clean sheets in 24 actors after Steven Gerrard convinced him to return to his first club from Hull City and is generally held as the best of the manager's 14 signings.

Important records have been made at important moments in matches, especially in Rangers' round to the Group Leagues in the Europa League.

But the club's first team goalkeeper, Stewart, has revealed how one of the 36-year-olds's biggest qualities has nothing to do with the more conventional qualities associated with the No.1 position.

That's his rock.

Talk to 6-yard box podcast, Stewart said: "Allan is a goalkeeper I've known for many years and it's very hard to know if he's up or down. He's always on the level.

"He has raised the experience to the goalkeeper and has definitely made the challenge to the goalkeeper better.

"The education standard has definitely risen so the challenge has been taken by everyone, including the younger guys like Robby McCrorie, who goes up from the academy.

"It's credit for Greegsy who comes in and that's what we expected.

"He has shown in big games that he has made great savings and that's what you need to be a goalkeeper at Rangers.

"As I said, you never know if he's up or down. He has the consistent performance level and if he hurts inside or disappointed inside when you do not see it. And that's so important.

"We talk to the young boys about body language and it goes a long way when you reach that goal. Trust has a big part to play in it.

"When you cross the white lines to play, it's an achievement. You're an actor. Maybe you're a quiet guy and like to keep yourself.

"But you have to go out and show what you have on the plan.

"To me, it's one of the biggest things about the goalkeeper – how to handle performance and that Rangers is ready to make it save or be ready to take one ball that changes the game."

Stewart welcomed Wes Foderingham who was affected by the body losing the No.1 shirt to McGregor in the summer.

The Englishman had been the first choice between sticks under Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty before they were dumped to Gerrard's bench.

It is a sore for a goalkeeper to take, especially when they have been one of their club's best performers.

West Foderingham

But Stewart said: "Wes has been excellent. In the summer it was a big blow to him with Allan who came and got the No. 1 shirt.

"In the off-season and early season, Wes has worked extremely hard to keep fit and I'm sure the two achievements he has had with the first team so far has shown he is ready to come in when he is called.

"He is an extremely dedicated boy to his position. It's never nice when another goalkeeper comes in to take that place but credit him.

"Handling that does not play is huge and all you can do is go back, do the basics and work hard."

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