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Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo joins Glentoran

Nacho Novo was a firm fans' favourite during his time at Rangers.
Nacho Novo was a firm fans' favourite during his time at Rangers.

Former Rangers favourite Nacho Novo has signed a one-year deal with Northern Irish side Glentoran.

The Dankse Bank Premiership side announced the deal on Tuesday evening ahead of a pre-season friendly against Sirocco Works.

The 37-year-old striker, who enjoyed spells with Raith and Dundee before a trophy-laden six years at Ibrox, was available on a free transfer having most-recently represented the Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League.

Novo links up again with Glens boss Alan Kernaghan, who was a coach at Rangers during the Spaniard's spell in Scotland, and the manager is hopeful he can have an impact all around The Oval.

"Nacho played at Rangers while I was a coach there," he told the club's official website.

"I've seen him play on many occasions and I have always admired his work ethic and professionalism both on and off the pitch.

"We need experience and leadership in the changing room and off the pitch and I'm confident Nacho's obvious enjoyment of being part of the team unit will be crucial in helping us push forward this season and to secure the progress we all want to see."

Novo, who after leaving Rangers went on to have a nomadic career, taking in stops at Greenock Morton and Carlisle, said he is aiming to help the club as they look to win a first league title since 2009.

"I would like to thank the chairman and directors of Glentoran FC for giving me this opportunity to play for such a famous club with a long and proud history in East Belfast and beyond," he said.


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