Veteran defender Gareth McAuley has passed a medical at Rangers and put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract at Ibrox.

The 38-year-old was without a club after being released by West Bromwich Albion this summer following their relegation from the Premier League.

The Northern Ireland international spent seven years at the Hawthorns, scoring 17 times in 227 appearances for the Baggies, but was largely used as a bit part player last season and made just 12 outings in all competitions.

McAuley will compete for a starting place against the likes of Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Joe Worrall, who joined on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest last week.

Manager Steven Gerrard has made a complete overhaul of the Rangers squad since arriving at the Glasgow club in June with no fewer than 15 players making their way through the entrance at Ibrox.

“It’s massive for me personally. My family support the club and me myself as well,” McAuley said, as reported on Sky Sports.

“The street I was born on, the kerbs are painting red, white and blue so to get the opportunity to play for this famous club is amazing.

“I’m delighted to be here. I feel very honoured to be here and privileged as well.

“I hope to bring experience. There is a young group of players here and hopefully I can help them with my knowledge, develop them and challenge them to play in the team.”

McAuley, who began his career in Northern Ireland with spells at Linfield, Crusaders and Coleraine before crossing the channel and starring at the likes of Lincoln City, Leicester and Ipswich Town, could be in line to make his debut when Dundee visit Ibrox on September 15.

The Gers suffered their first defeat in 13 matches with the defeat to Celtic in the first Old Firm game of the season as Oliver Ntcham gave the Bhoys the victory with the only goal of the game.

The result leaves Gerrard’s side in seventh-place in the Scottish Premiership after four matches.


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