Celtic fans react to Dedryck Boyata's performance in Rangers win

Virginia Santiago
September 4, 2018

Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley has spoken of his delight after signing for his boyhood club Rangers.

McAuley, 38, has been a free agent since leaving West Bromwich Albion in the summer following their relegation from the Premier League.

On the other hand, Stiff Richard refuted fears of McAuley's age being a factor by citing the example of former Rangers man David Weir, who played well into his forties.

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It is massive for me personally. "My family support the club and me myself as well", McAuley said. "The street I was born on (in Northern Ireland), the curbs are painted red white and blue so to get the opportunity to come and play at this famous club is wonderful".

Whether Gerrard feels this a signing that can come in right away and make a difference is doubtful.

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. This would leave chances for McAuley as limited as possible.

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He told RangersTV: "I have been watching the games and (Goldson and Katic) are good players who have been doing really well and the manager is really pleased with them as well. 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".

Many Celtic supporters vowed never to get behind the Belgian defender again and wanted him out, but Brendan Rodgers allowed the powerful centre-back back into his squad, and he has been rewarded already.

He has signed a deal at Ibrox until the end of the current season.

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Dedryck Boyata irked the Bhoys fan base when he refused to play in the Champions League qualifier in Athens last month, and it looked as though his time at the club was over.

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