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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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Defoe rules out leaving Bournemouth for Rangers

Defoe says he isn't leaving Bournemouth for Rangers. Credit: PA

Jermain Defoe has insisted he will not be leaving Bournemouth for Rangers.

Evergreen striker Defoe scotched rumours he could link up with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard in Glasgow.

The 35-year-old hitman insisted he is happy at Bournemouth, and admitted he has no intentions of slowing down.

Asked if he could envisage a last-gasp deadline move to rival his switch from West Ham to Tottenham in 2004, Defoe replied: "No way, I've been there, done that.

"I've always been one of those players, even when I see rumours that I always try to focus on the club you're at, you've got a job to do, you're here, you're happy, and that's it."

Addressing rumours linking him to Rangers, Defoe continued: "I saw some of that, but again, that's just something I've always had.

"Even when I've been at clubs and played every game, you'll always find something, especially with social media now.

"I've played with Steven Gerrard and we've got the same agent.

"I'm just like everyone else, you see things on Twitter and in the papers, but that's it really."

Gerrard relaxed ahead of Rangers' Europa League tie

Gerrard's Rangers head to Macedonia in the Europa League qualifying round. Credit: PA

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes his team can exploit the gaps as Shkupi chase the game in Macedonia on Tuesday.

Gerrard's side lead 2-0 in the Europa League first qualifying round after James

Tavernier's stoppage-time penalty in the first leg changed the complexion of the tie.

Shkupi had frustrated Rangers at Ibrox after Jamie Murphy's early opener but Gerrard expects them to throw caution to the wind in Skopje.

"They came with a game plan to be organised and a team block and to be difficult to break down," he said.

"I respect their game plan at Ibrox but I expect something completely different tomorrow (Tuesday).

"Shkupi are losing 2-0 in the tie at half-time so if they come with an aggressive style and they want to push to get back into the tie, I actually think that's playing into our hands because to push and to be aggressive, they obviously have to take risks.

"So we need to be ready to pounce on any risks to kill the tie. We believe one goal kills the tie.

"We know it is going to be hot and humid, and it might be a tricky surface and a tricky game, but we are ready for whatever gets thrown at us."

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