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Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley in Glasgow ahead of Rangers move

Free agent NI star will sign for Rangers within days

By Paul Ferguson

Frustrated Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed he is set to sign Northern Ireland international Gareth McAuley to shore up his defence following yesterday's Old Firm defeat to Celtic.

Vastly experienced McAuley is in Glasgow, expected to complete the move 'within days'. The Larne man has been a free agent since being let go by West Brom in June after their relegation to the Championship.

During the summer, he was being courted by former club Ipswich, Hearts and Aberdeen, but 38-year-old McAuley has told friends he is looking forward to heading up to Glasgow to begin a new challenge in his career.

McAuley is currently in camp with the Northern Ireland squad ahead of their Nations League clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina along with Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty, however boss Michael O'Neill will allow the former Coleraine centre-back to leave the team base to agree his contract with the Light Blues.

When Gerrard was asked yesterday if McAuley was going to be his 15th signing as Gers boss, he said: "I hope that it is going to be the case. There is no rush on it. That will be the last deal."

Gerrard lost out to his ex-Liverpool manager and Carnlough's favourite son Brendan Rodgers as Celtic recorded a 1-0 win thanks to Olivier Ntcham's second half goal in the first Old Firm clash of the season.

Rodgers admitted: "It was an outstanding win for us and equally a very good performance and I am delighted."

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