Report: Rangers offering John Eustace two-year contract to stay at Ibrox permanently

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Rangers are reportedly poised to offer John Eustace a two-year deal to stay at Ibrox permanently.

According to a report from the Daily Record, Rangers are set to offer trialist John Eustace a two-year contract to stay at the club on a permanent basis.

Eustace, 35, was released by Derby County earlier this summer upon the expiration of his contract at the iPro Stadium, but he has spent most of the summer on trial at Rangers.

Despite a season-ending knee injury in January, Rangers boss Mark Warburton - who coached Eustace during their time together at Watford - has been keen to add Eustace to his side, and it seems that his wish could be granted.

The Daily Record report that the experienced midfielder is to be offered a two-year contract to stay at Ibrox permanently after a lengthy trial period, with Rangers keen to see how he can cope upon returning from that knee injury.

Having already snapped up Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Danny Wilson, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn this summer, Warburton now looks set to add another new face to his squad, with Eustace moving ever closer to staying at Ibrox for good.

The new signings made by Warburton are all aged 25 or under, bringing renewed energy to a Rangers side that had stagnated last season.

Yet with no captain named under Warburton, it seems that the Rangers boss is waiting to land a leader in Eustace before handing the armband to the midfielder, offering his team a veteran presence in the middle of the park to help nurture the younger talent.

On a free transfer, that could be a great move for Rangers - but they have to hope that he suffers no repeats of the knee injury he sustained just over six months ago.

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