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Smith admits to rushing McGregor

Neil Alexander and Allan McGregor in training
Alexander has taken over from McGregor in Rangers' goal

Rangers manager Walter Smith amidts he probably rushed Allan McGregor into first-team action before dropping the goalkeeper for the last two matches.

McGregor was injured towards the end of last season and looked off-form at the start of the present campaign.

"He was terrific for us last season," said Smith of the Scotland goalkeeper.

"If anything, I was maybe a little unfair on him, pitching him in at the start of the season when he was just recovering from injury."

Scotland squad team-mate Neil Alexander had taken over in goal for the run-in to last season and has been handed the number one jersey after finding himself back on the bench while McGregor recovered from injury over the summer.

"Maybe at that stage, I should have given him a little bit more time and a little bit more intensive training," added Smith.

"He is getting that now and maybe that will bring him back to the form he was in last season."
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