RANGERS can today confirm the signing of Gareth McAuley on a one year deal subject to worldwide clearance.
For the majority of Steven Gerrard's tenure as manager, Rangers have had Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic as their only options at the heart of the defence - before signing Joe Worrall on loan from Nottingham Forest.
But McAuley insists he had made his own move to Glasgow with the aim of playing a significant part himself. Twitter user and Rangers fan Coulibaly Cartel was happy with the signing due to the depth and experience brought in by McAuley. "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".
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"I thought they were going to be like Barcelona".
The Northern Ireland worldwide was a free agent after leaving West Brom in the summer.
"The opportunity to come and play at this famous club is incredible", McAuley told RangersTV. "The street I was born on, the kerbs were painted red, white and blue".
"Im delighted to be here and fell very honoured and privileged to be here".
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"I have been here on a European night and the atmosphere is fantastic and electric, and it will be something I really look forward to".
"You see the support - it's there every week".
Gerrard had confirmed a move for McAuley was close following Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park.
McAuley hasn't played competitive football since leaving West Brom at the end of last season but could feature for Northern Ireland against Bosnia & Herzegovinia and Israel this weekend.
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"I didn't think it would be in the latter stages of my career (I'd get the chance to play for Rangers), but the timing was good, everything has worked out and the last week has been a bit of a whirlwind".