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Watch: Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley delighted to seal move to boyhood club Rangers

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

McAuley, 38, left West Bromwich Albion after they were relegated from the Premier League last season.

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

"The opportunity to come and play at this famous club is amazing," McAuley told RangersTV.

"My family support the club, myself as well. The street I was born on, the kerbs were painted red, white and blue. There's a young group of players here.

"I want to help develop them and also challenge them to play in the team. Speaking to the manager in the last week or so, that's something I can bring to the project."

McAuley, who has 79 caps and played at Euro 2016 for Northern Ireland, is hopeful he can help improve Rangers' younger centre-halves Conor Goldson (25), Nikola Katić (21) and Joe Worrall (21).

“There are a young group of players here so I hope to help them with my knowledge, help develop them and also challenge them to play in the team," he said.

“I didn’t think it would be in the latter stages of my career (I’d get the chance to play for Rangers), but the timing was good,  everything has worked out and the last week has been a bit of a whirlwind.

“I have been linked with here over the years, but it has never come off for whatever reason – it’s perhaps an easy link for press men coming from Northern Ireland and the connection with Rangers."

McAuley hasn't played competitive football since leaving West Brom at the end of last season but could feature for Northern Ireland against Bosnia & Herzegovinia and Israel this weekend.

"I’ve got a bit to catch-up on that. General fitness-wise I feel good but in terms of sharpness I have a bit to catch up and I will have to work hard on that over the next couple of weeks to get up to scratch on that," he said.

“There are two games coming up and hopefully I can get some minutes under my belt as well in them depending on what the manager thinks.”

He becomes Steven Gerard's 15th and final signing of his first summer in charge.

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