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Rangers fans are right to be delighted with a deal for Gareth McAuley

Rangers fans are right to be delighted with a deal for Gareth McAuley

Rangers fans in the Transfer Tavern have been somewhat despondent in recent times after seeing their side suffer a narrow defeat in the Old Firm derby on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their clash with bitter rivals Celtic off the back of drawing 1-1 with Ufa to book their place in the group stages of the Europa League, thus returning to the group stages of European competition for the first time since 2010. Yet the Gers were unable to record their first victory over the Bhoys in six years in going down 1-0 at Parkhead on Sunday, with Olivier Ntcham’s strike proving to be the difference between the two Scottish giants.

As such, there have been many despondent Light Blues fans up and down the country in recent times, although several have taken to Twitter recently to express their delight at the signing of defender Gareth McAuley.

And those Rangers fans are absolutely right to show their delight at the addition of the former West Brom centre back, as the arrival of the Northern Ireland international could prove to be a masterstroke.

Ultimately, the Gers shipped more goals than any other side in the top seven of the Scottish Premiership last season to underline just how much work needed doing in the defensive ranks over the summer, work Gerrard has set about doing.

The likes of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic have made the move to Ibrox to bolster that department, but the departure of Bruno Alves and David Bates has left the Gers somewhat short of cover in that area, not to mention a slight lack of experience.

Yet the arrival of 38-year-old McAuley will go some way to solving both of those problems, given that the defender has over 200 appearances at Premier League level to call upon, alongside the fact that he was playing, and indeed excelling, in the top tier little over 12 months ago.

The Northern Irishman made the move to the Hawthorns back in 2011 and went on to appear 227 times for the Baggies as they slowly but surely became an established top tier club, prior to their surprising relegation from the Premier League last season.

And McAuley certainly played his part in their steady finishes in the top-flight, be it in his own box making telling blocks and clearances, and indeed in the opposition’s in scoring six times for the Midlands outfit during the 2016/17 campaign.

Thus, it’s clear that the 38-year-old knows what it takes to deliver the goods at a top level, and with over 500 club appearances and 78 international caps under his belt, the addition of the defender could prove to be a masterstroke, which is why Rangers fans are absolutely right to be delighted with his arrival.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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