Former Rangers defender Luca Gasparotto joins Falkirk

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The 21-year-old Canadian centre-back spent five years at Rangers before being released by the club this summer.

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Former Rangers defender Luca Gasparotto has joined Falkirk following his release from Ibrox, the Scottish Championship side have confirmed.

The 21-year-old Canadian centre-back was reportedly being eyed by a number of other clubs but ultimately decided to link up with the Bairns after holding positives talks with manager Peter Houston.

Speaking to Falkirk’s official website, Houston said: “Luca allows me to add further depth to the squad and is a quality addition having performed consistently in the Championship last season.

“He is another player who has consistently impressed me and comes with a good pedigree having initially been brought through at Rangers.

“On top of that he has managed to get significant experience under his belt both domestically and while playing for Canada at international level.”

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Gasparotto made four total appearances for Rangers after joining the club from his local amateur side SC Toronto in late 2011, with his debut coming in April 2013.

The Canadian Under-23 international, who has been called up to the senior squad on a couple of occasions, also spent time on loan at Stirling Albion, Airdire and Greenock Morton during his time at Ibrox, featuring 25 times for the latter last season.

Morton manager Jim Duffy recently revealed his desire to sign the 6ft 2in stopper permanently following his successful stint at Cappielow Park, but it was one of their second-tier rivals who ended up winning the race to his signature.

“I played against Falkirk twice last year,” Gasparotto told the Falkirk Herard following confirmation of his move. “I knew they’re a big club who play good football and that was something that appealed. I like the way the manager plays and he spoke to me several times, and I think I’ll fit in well with the team here.

“I had a few offers but the style of play jumped out at me. The manager is a great manager and the team seems a great bunch of boys so it seems a great fit.

“The manager told me about the togetherness at the club and my friend Ryan Sinnamon who I know from Rangers told me the boys and the team are different class – that made the decision an easy one.”

Gasparotto now has the chance to continue getting regular first-team football in the Scottish Championship, and should he go on to impress for Falkirk over the coming season then it might not be long before he earns his first senior international cap.

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