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He only joined the club at the age of 37, but David Weir went on to enjoy a remarkable end to his career in over four years at Rangers.

 

You don't expect to enjoy your best years as a footballer at the age of 37 and beyond, but that's what happened with David Weir, who went on to become a mainstay in the Rangers defence between 2007 and 2011.

 

He wasn't getting much playing at Everton and that resulted in the centre-back being released on a free transfer, but after being signed by Walter Smith just a week after his return to the dugout, Weir barely left the starting lineup and made a total of 231 appearances before his eventual departure in the first weeks of 2012.

 

After winning a longer deal in Glasgow, Weir made 61 appearances in all competitions during the 2007-08 campaign, featuring 18 times as the club played in the Champions League before losing in the UEFA Cup final. He lost his central-defensive partner Carlos Cuellar for the following season but it didn't prove costly as Rangers won three league titles in a row to regain a stranglehold over Old Firm rivals Celtic.

 

Weir was made captain during that time after Barry Ferguson was removed from the role, and at the end of 2009-10, he was awarded both the SFWA Footballer of the Year and Scottish Premier League Player of the Year accolades.

 

At the age of 41, Weir was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame while still representing the Gers, and although his spell in the team came to an end when Ally McCoist took over, he will look back on his period at the club with pride as he achieved success just when it appeared his career at the top level may have been coming to an end.

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