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Glentoran star Nacho Novo's car-aoke falls flat

By Claire Williamson

Watch out Gary Lightbody - Nacho Novo is hot on your heels.

The 37-year-old former Rangers striker is currently entertaining Glentoran fans at The Oval, but now he's put his singing voice to the test.

The Spanish-born footballer took to Instagram to upload a video of himself and his pal Bill Peden belting out Snow Patrol classic Run.

Should Nacho keep the day job or does he have a new calling? His fans on Twitter were in doubt that he should stick to dribbling rather than warbling, giving his in-car performance the thumbs down.

"Cat's choir - give it up," said Simon Kitchen. Another fan, Gemma Macadell, tweeted: "Oh Dear God."

The former 'Gers star chose a move to east Belfast team Glentoran over an opportunity to play in the Indian Super League in order to be able to stay close to his young son Javier, who lives with his mother Donna in Glasgow.

Novo also tweeted the video to his 117,000 followers, and it attracted more than 2,700 views in the first three hours after it was posted.

He joined the Oval side at the beginning of this month, signing a contract that will last for 12 months.

Novo started his career at home in Spain before moving to Scotland to play for Raith Rovers in 2001.

He then moved to Dundee before joining Rangers in 2004 where his reputation for scoring goals soared.

He left Ibrox in 2010, having won trophies galore and become a firm favourite with fans.

After Rangers he travelled all over the world to play, including with Sporting Gijon in Spain and Legia Warsaw in Poland.

Before joining Glentoran, Novo was playing in the USA for his Carolina Railhawks.

Snow Patrol's Run, a power ballad, was released by the Northern Ireland band back in 2004, and reached No 5 in the UK charts.

It also has a Scottish link, as its writer Gary Lightbody once explained to music magazine Q.

He said: "I was on a massive bender and one night I was drinking in the bar of the Glasgow School of Art.

"I fell down a full flight of stairs. (Drummer) Jonny Quinn found me in the stairwell with blood coming out of my head.

"I split my head open and my eye was closed and I lost a few teeth.

"I wrote Run soon after that on this little guitar I'd tried to smash up in my s***** little room near Hillhead."

Rock critics described the song as both brilliant and memorable, and it certainly struck a chord with Nacho Novo, if not his fans.

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