Veteran 38-year old Gareth McAuley has joined Glasgow Rangers, his boyhood heroes, on a free, instead of going to Ipswich Town.

The 6’ 5” centre back could play in a Gers back three alongside Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic.

The highly experienced Northern Irish defender has 79 caps, so I suggest that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard plays Goldson, Katic and McAuley, as a tall, solid, hard to beat defensive unit.

Gerrard has given Joe Worrall his word he will get first-team football, so I would suggest bringing him on for the last 20-30 minutes to tote up the minutes to keep Nottingham Forest happy.

With over 227 Premier League appearances with West Bromwich Albion, 211 Championship games with Leicester and Ipswich under his belt, McAuley should settle at Rangers quickly.

As an Ulster man, he fully understands the club and all its high standards. He can become a mentor, support and help develop young Katic and Worrall.

McAuley could easily fill in when others need rest or to provide excellent rotational flexibility in the side, and he insists, “It’s a dream come true, it’s massive for me personally,” he said.

He is a wonderful asset for Rangers during corners and free kicks around both boxes. He scores goals and assists with his aerial prowess.

On 20 Jun ‘18, it was announced that McAuley would leave West Brom upon the expiration of his contract, and he became a ‘Gers man on 3 Sept ‘18, on a one-year-old deal.

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