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Irish FA invokes FIFA five-day rule over Rangers striker Lafferty

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The Irish FA has invoked FIFA's five-day rule which will prevent Kyle Lafferty playing for Rangers against Hamilton on Sunday.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill said the Gers striker cited an Achilles injury when he withdrew from the squad at the last minute ahead of crunch Nations League games away to Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Irish FA released a statement which confirmed it will block Lafferty's participation in the Ladbrokes Premiership match against Accies.

The statement read: "The Irish FA has written to Rangers FC regarding Kyle Lafferty who was selected in the Northern Ireland squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina on 12 and 15 October 2018 respectively.

"As the player did not comply with the association's call up, the player is in breach and as a result, the association is invoking the FIFA regulation (FIFA regulations for the status and transfer of players, annexe 1, section 5).

"This states that 'the player is not entitled to play for the club with which he is registered during the period for which he has been released or should have been released pursuant to the provisions of this annexe.

"This restriction on playing for the club shall, moreover, be prolonged by five days in the event that the player, for whatsoever reason, did not wish to or was unable to comply with the call-up'."

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Gerrard's Rangers sign free agent McAuley

McAuley has become Gerrard's 15th signing as Rangers boss. Credit: PA

Gareth McAuley has become Steven Gerrard 15th summer signing after the former West Brom defender agreed a one-year deal with Rangers.

The 38-year-old has been a free agent since leaving the Hawthorns in the summer but now becomes the latest new face at Ibrox as Gerrard continues his rebuilding job.

The Northern Ireland international won 79 caps for his country and was part of Michael O'Neill's squad at Euro 2016.

Gerrard has already signed centre-backs Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Joe Worrall since taking over the Light Blues but felt he needed a fourth defender for cover after guiding Rangers into the Europa League group stages.

Page 2: 14:19McAuley told RangersTV: "It's massive for me personally. My family support the club and me myself as well.

"The street I was born on, the kerbs are painted red, white and blue, so to get the opportunity to play for this famous club is amazing.

"I'm delighted to be here. I feel very honoured to be here and privileged as well.

"I hope to bring experience. There is a young group of players here and hopefully I can help them with my knowledge, develop them and challenge them to play in the team."

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