It was a professional job done by Rangers in Gibraltar on Thursday in what was a potential banana skin and you can’t ask for much more in European ties like that.

And much of the attention was on the attackers with five goals, Alfredo Morelos closing in on Ally McCoist’s European scoring record and Jermain Defoe scoring on his first competitive appearance of the season.

But at the other end of the pitch the fight for the No.1 jersey could be about to get really interesting as Allan McGregor was back between the sticks for the first time since the opening game of the campaign.

McGregor has been out with a knee injury since the win at Pittodrie and Jon McLaughlin has been brilliant in his absence, helping the club break a 114-year old clean sheet record.

Steven Gerrard said after the win over Lincoln Red Imps that the starting position is his but that “Allan won’t go away” and there is nothing surer.

But as much as McLaughlin’s been excellent, who would I want in my team going to what is a huge game at Easter Road tomorrow or, indeed, Parkhead for the first Old Firm derby next month?

For me, it would be Allan McGregor. I must stress that’s not an old pals’ act because I played with him and neither is it any disrespect to Jon McLaughlin.

But you’ve got to go with the best goalkeeper and for me that’s Allan McGregor.

Jon McLaughin was fantastic at Hearts and he went to Sunderland and carried it on as I watched plenty of their games when Jack Ross, whose Hibs side face Rangers on Sunday, was there.

But I haven’t played with anyone better than Allan McGregor. I know he’s getting on a bit but just look at the save he made in Gibraltar on Thursday night.

Greegsy hasn’t been in for a few weeks and there was no sign of rustiness. It shows he’s concentrating totally despite not having a lot to do.

And he’s not lost any sharpness during his spell out injured because he’s clearly training as hard as he can with real competition on his hands.

He brings big saves at big moments - that’s what he’s all about. He’s needed someone to come in and really challenge him and he’s got that with Jon McLaughlin.

I’m not saying Wes Foderingham wasn’t good but McLaughlin is up a step which is how highly I rate him and why McGregor has to work even harder to convince the manager he’s No.1.

Allan McGergor is top of the top for me. He would have been happy for Jon McLaughlin doing well and congratulated him on his recent performances because that’s the type of character he is.

But quietly he will have the bit between his teeth in training to show the manager he’s No.1. I’ve known him since he was 15 years old and he’s never changed.

When Stefan Klos was there he went on loan and did it the hard way by going to St Johnstone and Dunfermline to prove himself. He’s always been up for the challenge and had that work ethic.

Jon McLaughlin could be No.1 but his problem is he’s got Allan McGregor there to fight and that’s what you want.

If you want to win things you need competition for places all over the park and the battle for No.1 typifies Rangers just now.

If you take Thursday night then Ryan Kent, Steven Davis and Filip Helander were left out, Alfredo Morelos didn’t start and Ryan Jack, Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo are all injured.

Rangers have done so well in Europe in the last couple of seasons and looking good to progress again but the Scottish Premiership is the priority – that’s the bread and butter – and a cup or European run is a bonus.

They weren’t as ruthless in the first two or three league games as you wanted them to be but the performance against Dundee United was much more like it and four goals at home was pleasing.

But while the league is the priority, they have to put everything into Europe as well. It’s still early and every player in the world hasn’t played a lot of football due to Covid-19.

So the extra games that Europa League group stage qualification would bring won’t be a concern just now.

It could be when you go deeper into the competition but Rangers are in fine form, scoring goals and not conceding and playing with confidence.

They rested the main man – Ryan Kent – on Thursday and Alfredo Morelos came on for 45 minutes and James Tavernier came off so they’ve been able to give players that recovery.

The amount of injuries are a slight concern, with Kemar Roofe limping off to add to the four against Dundee United but the squad is as strong as it’s been in terms of competition for the starting XI in a few years and the manager said he’s keen to add more which is what you want.