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McGregor's late heroics conjures up memories of Goram, says McCulloch

Lee McCulloch has compared Allan McGregor to Rangers legend Andy Goram after the Ibrox keeper defied Celtic in yesterday's Old Firm draw at Parkhead with a brilliant late save from Georgios Samaras.

In a game which was dominated by a rather wasteful home side, McCulloch popped up with an unlikely equaliser nine minutes from time, two minutes after Celtic substitute Scott McDonald had given the Hoops the lead.

But with minutes remaining and the home side again on the attack, McGregor stretched to tip a shot from Samaras over the bar to thwart Celtic in the way that Goram regularly did in the 1990s.

Such was the extent of Goram's heroics in Old Firm clashes, the late Parkhead boss Tommy Burns once infamously quipped that he would have 'Andy Goram broke my heart' on his gravestone.

"Samaras took the shot, it took a deflection off my foot and it was a great save," McCulloch said.

"Greegs (McGregor) has been a different class this season and last season, and when you have a guy like that in goal, you always hope he can pull off a save like that. So the comparison with (Andy) Goram is good."

Due to a mixture of suspension, injury and international duty, Rangers went in to the game without Kenny Miller, Madjid Bougherra, Pedro Mendes, Kevin Thomson, DaMarcus Beasley and Steven Naismith and were further troubled when Nacho Novo came off injured early in the first half.

Walter Smith's threadbare squad is set to be stretched further as McCulloch is suspended, along with Miller, for the SPL tie against Hamilton on January 16.

Smith said: "It was a far better draw for us than Celtic."