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Rangers Coach Michael Beale Says Gareth McAuley Will Have ‘Big Impact’ on Rest of the Season

Rangers Coach Michael Beale Says Gareth McAuley Will Have ‘Big Impact’ on Rest of the Season

Rangers coach Michael Beale has backed defender Gareth McAuley to make a big impact on the club’s season, as the veteran centre-back nears full fitness.

McAuley, now 38, joined Steven Gerrard’s side on a free transfer during the summer after a seven-year spell with West Brom but is yet to make his Premiership debut for the Light Blues.

The Northern Ireland international is only on a deal until the end of the current season, but Beale is adamant he’ll have a big part to play as the campaign rolls on.

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McAuley captained a Rangers reserve side to a 3-2 win over Brentford’s B team over the weekend, and speaking via the Belfast Telegraph, Beale said: “Gareth is doing very well. he came to us after being unattached so he was doing some fitness of his own.

“Everyone knows he is an outstanding professional and I’m pleased we have Gareth on board.

“He has a slight injury from international duty so that put him back a few weeks, but now he has played a couple of reserve games and there is another one this weekend, and from there I expect Gareth to be someone who has a big impact in our team moving forward.”

McAuley’s arrival is slightly reminiscent of Clint Hill’s stint at Ibrox under Mark Warburton and Pedro Caixinha, and whilst that particular spell wasn’t great for Rangers as a club, Hill developed into something of a cult hero to supporters.

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