McGregor hopes for Gers stay
Keeper hoping for positive resolution to turmoil at boyhood club
Last Updated: April 28, 2012 11:34am
Allan McGregor: Would be happy to stay at Rangers if new owner arrives
Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor says he would be happy to stay at Ibrox if the financially-stricken club can secure new ownership.
The 30-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at the Scottish Premier League outfit, snubbed reported interest from the Premier League last summer in favour of penning a new five-year deal in Glasgow.
Since then Gers' financial problems have come to a head, with the club entering administration in February and yet to emerge from it.
McGregor, one of Rangers' prized assets, was among the senior players that agreed to take a 75% pay cut to save jobs, while they also had clauses inserted in their contracts to ensure they can depart the club for discount fees this summer.
But the Scotland international would prefer to stay at Gers and is hoping for a positive resolution to the turmoil at Ibrox.
"My ideal scenario is still for everything to get sorted here, for me to honour the contract and be successful at the club," McGregor told The Guardian.
"Everybody at the club deserves success, in my opinion. If the worst came to the worst and I have to go, there would probably be regret.
"You just wish everything was perfect and none of this carry on was happening. But it is, and at this moment in time you don't know where it is going to go."
He added of the long-term deal he signed last year: "I wanted to stay. I wanted to be in the mix to win things every season, which I thought I would, and I have been here since I was a young boy. I love the place, I know everybody. It feels comfortable and feels like home."
Rangers confirmed on Friday they have received two formal offers to buy the club - one from the Blue Knights consortium fronted by Paul Murray and the other from American tycoon Bill Miller - but are yet to name a preferred bidder.
McGregor admits he is concerned by how long the situation has dragged on for, with the club not yet able to rule out the possibility of liquidation.
"We gave the administrators time, three months, to get us to the end of the season," said McGregor of the pay deal.
"I had a horrible feeling myself at the time that on the 31 May we would be in the same predicament. That was just my own gut feeling and it doesn't look good now.
"Suddenly we are at the end of April, there was supposed to be a preferred bidder in two or three weeks ago then they could do their due diligence and have something concrete. We aren't near that stage yet.
"I didn't think three months would be long enough, I hope I am so wrong but it isn't looking that way just now."