Belfast Telegraph

Journeyman Spaniard Nacho Novo's heart firmly in Glasgow

By Stuart McKinley

Born in Ferrol in Galicia in March 1979, Nacho Novo is somewhat less controversial than the coastal city's most famous son, General Francisco Franco, who sparked the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

He never quite got the same love in his native land, though, with Scotland being his spiritual home.

Novo arrived in Caledonia in 2001 as an unknown having previously played his football in Spain's lower divisions.

Nine years later he left as a hero. Mainly due to six success-filled seasons at Rangers.

He would have won more than his six trophies at Ibrox only he was suspended for two domestic deciders in 2008 and was in the team that lost the Uefa Cup final to Zenit St Petersburg.

While Rangers fans fell in love with the Spaniard, Novo fell in love with the club and the culture around him. And that is why he has ended up coming to Northern Ireland and signing for Glentoran.

Although he has played in Poland, England and the United States since leaving Rangers he has always found his way back, playing under Kenny Shiels at Greenock Morton too.

He has made friends with Ulster-based Rangers fans and was in Belfast earlier this month for the Twelfth of July parade.

He will get to see much more of those pals now that he will be playing and living in Northern Ireland.

- Linfield have concluded a deal with Portadown to bring defender Chris Casement back to the club.

The Blues have also allowed goalkeeper Ross Glendinning to join Ballymena United on loan.

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