McGregor wary of Greek tragedy
Allan McGregor expects Panathinaikos to provide tough opposition in their Uefa Cup encounter.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 06/02/08 4:44pm
Rangers keeper Allan McGregor expects Panathinaikos to provide tough opposition in their upcoming Uefa Cup clash.
The Gers were disappointed at narrowly failing to progress from a tough UEFA Champions League group which included Barcelona, Lyon and Stuttgart, and as a result will be keen to put in a good showing against their Greek opponents.
However, Panathinaikos put pay to Rangers' European dreams four years ago, taking five points from their two UEFA Champions League group games to end any hopes the Scots had of making it through, and will be out to pile more misery on the SPL league leaders.
McGregor, who as understudy to Stefan Klos back then is well aware of the task facing Rangers, remains confident though that Walter Smith's side can prolong their European adventure.
"I think the important thing about the Panathinaikos game at home is that we try not to concede any goals and try to get a few ourselves" he told Rangers News.
"That would be the perfect scenario but of course that is easier said than done.
"They will be a decent team and I remember coming up against them a few years ago in the Champions League.
"I was on the bench back then and although both teams have changed totally, I would imagine the atmosphere over there will be pretty similar.
"It is not a big stadium they play in but their fans are very noisy and pretty rowdy. Fortunately I will be on the pitch this time so I will be well out of their way.
"But when they come to Ibrox, I'm sure our fans will make it a night to remember for them also.
"Both matches will be tough but we have to be confident and believe that we can go through. I'm sure we can do that, without a doubt."
There is no guarantee of course that McGregor will be involved against Panathinaikos, especially after Neil Alexander's arrival form Ipswich during the transfer window.
However, the Scottish international has welcomed the competition for places and insists that he will continue to work as hard as ever to retain the No. 1 jersey.
"I know Neil pretty well as we worked together with the national team. It will be good to have him on board at Rangers," he said.
"At the end of the day, it is important for the manager to have players ready to step in such as Neil and Graeme Smith. It keeps everyone on their toes.
"Personally I just go about my business the same way I always have, even when I was number two keeper at the club.
"I just keep training hard and try to maintain a consistency in the games I play. Hopefully I have done that recently."