Steven Gerrard confirms move for experienced Gareth McAuley

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Gareth McAuley
Gareth McAuley

Steven Gerrard has reacted to speculations linking seasoned Premier League campaigner Gareth McAuley to Rangers. McAuley, 38, left West Brom after suffering relegation from the Premier League in May.

The Northern Irishman spent seven years at Hawthorns, racking up over two-century appearances with 15 goals. He is expected to find a new club and the Glasgow giants are one of many suitors to have shown interest.

And Gerrard, who faced the 38-year-old on a number of occasions during his time at Liverpool has revealed that he could join “in the coming days”.

Speaking after their first defeat of the season against Celtic at Parkhead, Gerrard stumbled into questions about the Northern Irishman.

Olivier Ntcham’s goal from a sudden Celtic counter-attack was the match decider but Gerrard was adamant that there was a foul on Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack in the build-up.

“It’s definitely a foul. I’ve been around the game a very, very long time and that’s a foul in my book. It’s actually a foul in the fourth official’s book as well because he’s shouting down the mic, ‘Foul, foul, foul’,” he said.

“The referee’s ignored the information – we can both see clearly it’s a foul. And they go and score a goal.

“I just went in and had a calm chat [with the referee] and wondered why he never listened to the man on the side – the fourth official – and how he hasn’t seen a clear swipe from (Tom) Rogic on Ryan Jack.

“Ryan Jack gets his body in between the ball and the man and he gets swiped, it’s a clear foul. It’s blatant….for me it’s 100 per cent foul.”

He will become Steven Gerrard’s 15th signing and will compete with Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic for a start.

McAuley has 79 caps for Northern Ireland.

He had spells at Ipswich Town, Leicester City before landing at the Baggies.