ALLAN McGregor admitted he would rather have left Ibrox with a win than the Man of the Match display he ended up producing.
The Gers number one pulled off a string of stunning saves to keep his side in the game against Villarreal as they snatched a point with 10 men.
Daniel Candeias’ sending off on the stroke of half-time changed the game but the keeper had already denied the Spaniards with two top class saves at that point.
Speaking to RangersTV he said:
“To be fair I would rather play rubbish and win! With what happened just before half-time I think we would have taken a draw at the end of the match.
“I think this result shows our togetherness, the boys dug in well and limited them to maybe a handful of chances and only had ten men.
“It is a brilliant performance, we really dug in and they worked their socks off. Now we need to rest up, recover and get ready for Sunday.”
If Rangers win their final game in Group G against Rapid Vienna they will automatically qualify, no matter what happens in the tie between Villarreal and Spartak Moscow.
McGregor continued: “I would have taken getting into the group stages when we first met up in June, it has been really positive and a really good run from the start of the European campaign.
“To have the last game in our own hands to qualify for the last 32 I am sure we would have taken that in September yes.”
The 36-year-old will be one of only a handful of players with experience of playing at the tight Tynecastle but he insists he won’t take on a different role going into Sunday’s Premiership clash. A win would send Rangers to the top of the table.
He continued: “My role doesn’t change whether we are going to Tynecastle or any other stadium.
“It is a good atmosphere, I like playing there so I am sure the boys will experience it when they warm up then once the game comes it is another game.”