Carlisle United snap up former UEFA Cup finalist

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Carlisle United have signed former Glasgow Rangers striker Nacho Novo on a short-term deal.

Nacho Novo is best known for his spell at Rangers where he scored 73 goals over a six year period. His most recent club was Morton in the Scottish Championship where he scored once in ten appearances.

The Spaniard has joined Carlisle in League One on a short-term contract subject to international clearance. It will be the first English club the 34-year-old will have played for in a career that has also seen him play in his homeland as well as a spell in Poland. He did however almost make a move to Coventry City in 2006, but it fell through on transfer deadline day.

Novo started his career at Somozas in Spain before moving to Huesca and then Raith Rovers. It was there he caught the eye of Dundee who gave him his first shot at top flight football. Rangers signed him for £500,000 and with them he won the Scottish Premier League three times as well as the Scottish Cup once and the League Cup twice. He was part of the Rangers side that had a wonderful run to the UEFA Cup final in 2008 which was held at Manchester City's stadium. They lost 2-0 to a Zenit St Petersburg side which contained Andriy Arshavin and Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Carlisle manager Graham Kavanagh is glad to add someone with Novo's experience to his relatively young squad. The manager said: "It's pleasing, all the players we've signed up to now have been generally young and inexperienced, and he gives us a know-how and knowledge and composure that I hope will rub off on the other players and excite the fans."

Carlisle fans will be glad to have an extra player in their threadbare squad. They have relied heavily on loan signings this season, but Kavanagh has done a great job since taking over from Greg Abbott. Novo will join Jordan Pickford and Danny Redmond who arrived at the club at the weekend on loan deals from Sunderland and Wigan Athletic respectively.

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