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uneasydaz
21-04-2011, 15:09
Rangers have been linked with a move for Ipswich Town defender Gareth McAuley.

The Ibrox club are tonight expected to run the rule over the 31-year-old (pictured) against Norwich City with a view to landing him on a Bosman deal in the summer.

Ally McCoist is having to prepare on the basis that a takeover bid might not go through in time for the start of next season.

And, with next to no money available to spend on new signing targets, the Rangers manager-in-waiting is having to scout around looking for Bosman signings to bolster his squad.

McAuley, however, could cost the Ibrox club up to £15,000-a-week and those wages on a three-year deal might still prove too much for the club to commit to.

Rangers will need to sign a couple of defenders this summer with Davie Weir expected to retire, Sasa Papac still refusing a new deal with his contract expiring at the end of the season and question marks over the long-term future of Madjid Bougherra.

Northern Ireland international McAuley is believed to be keen on the potential switch and an impressive display tonight against Paul Lambert’s side might convince McCoist he is a must-have.

Meanwhile, Ibrox legend John Brown is working hard to identify signings who can help old mate McCoist become a success as manager.

Brown has been appointed as chief scout Neil Murray’s right-hand man, and is convinced the Glasgow club can make decent signings in the summer after McCoist succeeds Walter Smith – despite the financial restrictions they could still be working under.

He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of travelling to see what bargains we can get because of the situation the club has been in. There are players out there who we are assessing and then we’re passing our thoughts on to Ally for his final approval.”

Speaking in the Rangers News, he added: “There aren’t too many guys in Scotland, but there are a few in England who we would be interested in, so I’ve hardly been at Murray Park since I started.

“Looking at it, there will be players going back to their clubs after loan spells so there will be quite a few signings coming in over the summer.”

wilko_rfc
21-04-2011, 15:11
He would be a good player for us IMO.

Sir Duncan Ferguson
21-04-2011, 15:12
£15,000 a week for a 32 year old Championship defender.

Not for me. We can do better.

The-Wall
21-04-2011, 15:13
Would rather someone younger that we could sell on later and make a bit of cash from.

king ranger
21-04-2011, 15:13
:roll: Must be one for the future.

pedroblue
21-04-2011, 15:14
£15,000 a week for a 32 year old Championship defender.

Not for me. We can do better.

what he said!

ahmnoatim
21-04-2011, 15:15
£10,000 a week tops I think

Andy_J
21-04-2011, 15:17
£15,000 a week for a 32 year old Championship defender.

Not for me. We can do better.

I agree with this 15k a week is alot for us. would rather not spend it on a championship defender.

In saying that i have never seen this guy so maybe dont know enough about him.

Lizzy's 11
21-04-2011, 15:17
No big deal that he's 32

Davie Weir had a minimum of 9 years left in him at that age ;)

Bullseye
21-04-2011, 15:18
Gid yin 31 year old..

Sir Duncan Ferguson
21-04-2011, 15:18
Jewell claims Ipswich have agreed to McAuley's wage demands for a new contract.

Interestingly, McAuley has now refused to sign the deal...

garyw09
21-04-2011, 15:18
31 is not old for a CB :roll:

Look at Davie Weir.

Bullseye
21-04-2011, 15:19
No big deal that he's 32

Davie Weir had a minimum of 9 years left in him at that age ;) you jest surely..

Cranky
21-04-2011, 15:19
“I’ve been doing a lot of travelling to see what bargains we can get

“There aren’t too many guys in Scotland, but there are a few in England

see the scouts are bringing a fresh approach to this. we cant even get off this island of ours

wilko_rfc
21-04-2011, 15:19
I would be shocked if he is on anything near £15K a week at present.

RSCGMBHMMBW
21-04-2011, 15:19
Another Brother from Norn Ireland!

two2tango
21-04-2011, 15:20
were we not linked with him before?

dont know anything about him tbh

stuart1972
21-04-2011, 15:21
I think hes a decent player but never worth 15k a week...no chance

baystatebear
21-04-2011, 15:21
£15,000 a week for a 32 year old Championship defender.

Not for me. We can do better.

Weir's age didn't prove to much of a problem, why would it be the case here?

However, I do agree that it would be best to get a young, up and coming CB
who could cope with the physicality of the SPL and have decent re-sale value—if one were available. Bartley, for eg.

Baxter79
21-04-2011, 15:22
Presumably Bougherra's replacement? Not over excited at the prospect.

Andy_J
21-04-2011, 15:22
“I’ve been doing a lot of travelling to see what bargains we can get

“There aren’t too many guys in Scotland, but there are a few in England

see the scouts are bringing a fresh approach to this. we cant even get off this island of ours

Thats the quote that got to me aswell...surely he can scot outwith England....FFS!

I'm not saying just signing foreign players but look in countries like spain portugal, france etc:cool:

skyblueranger
21-04-2011, 15:24
Rangers have been linked with a move for Ipswich Town defender Gareth McAuley.

The Ibrox club are tonight expected to run the rule over the 31-year-old (pictured) against Norwich City with a view to landing him on a Bosman deal in the summer.

Ally McCoist is having to prepare on the basis that a takeover bid might not go through in time for the start of next season.

And, with next to no money available to spend on new signing targets, the Rangers manager-in-waiting is having to scout around looking for Bosman signings to bolster his squad.

McAuley, however, could cost the Ibrox club up to £15,000-a-week and those wages on a three-year deal might still prove too much for the club to commit to.

Rangers will need to sign a couple of defenders this summer with Davie Weir expected to retire, Sasa Papac still refusing a new deal with his contract expiring at the end of the season and question marks over the long-term future of Madjid Bougherra.

Northern Ireland international McAuley is believed to be keen on the potential switch and an impressive display tonight against Paul Lambert’s side might convince McCoist he is a must-have.

Meanwhile, Ibrox legend John Brown is working hard to identify signings who can help old mate McCoist become a success as manager.

Brown has been appointed as chief scout Neil Murray’s right-hand man, and is convinced the Glasgow club can make decent signings in the summer after McCoist succeeds Walter Smith – despite the financial restrictions they could still be working under.

He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of travelling to see what bargains we can get because of the situation the club has been in. There are players out there who we are assessing and then we’re passing our thoughts on to Ally for his final approval.”

Speaking in the Rangers News, he added: “There aren’t too many guys in Scotland, but there are a few in England who we would be interested in, so I’ve hardly been at Murray Park since I started.

“Looking at it, there will be players going back to their clubs after loan spells so there will be quite a few signings coming in over the summer.”


I'm no surname bigot but just how many Murrays are there at the club:confused:

blu14evr
21-04-2011, 15:53
27 or 28 and we are talking, 32 is a move too late you have to feel....not every player can do Weir

W.A.T.P 72
21-04-2011, 15:55
not for me, i just dont rate him, i would prefer we tried to bring in young bartley who is a far better option.

Aimar
21-04-2011, 15:56
I take it he's on the cheap list then.

cupfinalmoustache
21-04-2011, 15:59
Think he's too old for the money personally. Any chance of getting Bartley back?

johnboy2007
21-04-2011, 16:09
Great, new scouting network in place and they come up with this?

JamieBubs
21-04-2011, 16:09
a 31 yo is a long term singing !

Lanarkshire
22-04-2011, 15:11
Did I see on tv news this guy scoring an o.g. at game last night?

basiltherat
22-04-2011, 15:17
Very disappointing. So much for things changing under McCoist. Seems we are still in the "last big pay day" mode. it seems odd we appear not keen to offer players who reach 30 with us more than one year deals but this guy gets 3.

Skoosh1873
22-04-2011, 15:26
Did he play last night? Norwich won 5-1
:eek:

davidab157
22-04-2011, 15:26
I genuinely don't understand why we can't have people out in Eastern Europe scouting. There will be some real gems to be found out there if we catch them early enough.

Some may not like it but we have a great opportunity to offer these players a stepping stone to the EPL. They get to play for a championship chasing team, get European experience and exposure to the league alot of them dream of playing in. We have to use our position wisely.

DiamondRFC
22-04-2011, 15:27
Did he play last? Norwich won 5-1
:eek:

He played and scored an og

Aimar
22-04-2011, 15:27
We will get a good 9 years out him yet :)

Sam_English
22-04-2011, 15:29
We should be looking for someone with their career ahead of them.

shmertnickname
22-04-2011, 15:29
not for me, i just dont rate him, i would prefer we tried to bring in young bartley who is a far better option.

Honestly though, have you seen him play?

I haven't and on that basis I am in no position to comment on him as yet.

GioLoyal
22-04-2011, 15:30
“There aren’t too many guys in Scotland, but there are a few in England who we would be interested in, so I’ve hardly been at Murray Park since I started.

Ah yes, England, the most expensive transfer market in the world. Yip, that's where we should be looking for bargains.

I'm also puzzled why Brown remarks he's hardly been at Murray Park. You're a scout not a coach, why would you possibly be at the training ground?

Gazman_Airdrie
22-04-2011, 15:31
Unless he's willing to take a wage drop then no thanks. 10k or under sure, otherwise let him go elsewhere.

BluenoseLoyal&True
22-04-2011, 15:32
Surely we can come up with better than Gareth McAuley. I've only seen him against Chelsea, Arsenal, Swansea, Boro and Scotland this season, and he was a disaster.

smithy81
22-04-2011, 15:35
looked utter shyte last night

shmertnickname
22-04-2011, 15:38
looked utter shyte last night

That's his career over before it began!

Matt Elliot still available/alive?

supermac1873
22-04-2011, 15:39
He's experienced and would be fine in the SPL not the kind of signing I'd like but he'd still do a job.

garymack2.0
22-04-2011, 15:41
I take it he's on the cheap list then.

was thinking/hoping the same thing :roll:

Wisny me
22-04-2011, 16:02
He isn't good enough to replace Bougherra or Weir if that's the plan.

chilebear
22-04-2011, 16:06
I agree with this 15k a week is alot for us. would rather not spend it on a championship defender.

In saying that i have never seen this guy so maybe dont know enough about him.

Where did we get Boogie from again?

®f©Roy®f©
22-04-2011, 16:09
I'd rather see £15,000 a week invested in a legitimate scouting network.

You know, the kind that every so often identifies untapped quality or even just a decent player whose circumstances have him going cheap.

Usually this means looking beyond Britain.

KopGer
22-04-2011, 16:18
He made O'Dea look competent last night. Good God no!

BelfastExile1873
22-04-2011, 16:21
Said it before on a few Northern Ireland match threads he is an exact replica of Broadfoot. Can play right back or centre half. Solid but not spectacular.

No for me if he is looking £15k pw

larrydavidloyal
22-04-2011, 16:47
There's no way this guy will be good enough. Hopefully last night has made that abundantly clear.

A1bertz
22-04-2011, 17:25
There's no way this guy will be good enough. Hopefully last night has made that abundantly clear.


Davie Weir will keep him right...
Any bets on that partnership? Would not be surprised if Weir go another years deal.

The Five-Finger Man
22-04-2011, 17:32
Would rather someone younger that we could sell on later and make a bit of cash from.

That was my first reaction but then I remembered he is young in comparison to Davie Weir.