Jonny Evans thinks Gareth McAuley will be a big success at Rangers

Jonny Evans of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Rangers brought Gareth McAuley to Ibrox in September.

Jonny Evans of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Leicester City defender Jonny Evans has told the Daily Record (13/11, p46) that he thinks Gareth McAuley will prove to be a big success at Rangers.

The Gers landed 14 summer signings under Steven Gerrard, including Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Joe Worrall, but another centre back was still wanted after the August transfer deadline.

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Rangers swooped to land defender McAuley on a free transfer, having been without a club since his West Bromwich Albion contract finished at the end of last season.

 

He may be 38, but McAuley's move has touched many given that he was a boyhood Rangers fan, and may well end up being able to finish his career as a Rangers player in an emotional move.

After waiting for around two months to make an appearance due to injury and fitness woes, McAuley came on as a last-gasp substitute against Spartak Moscow on Thursday before playing 45 minutes of the 7-1 win over Motherwell on Sunday.

McAuley now heads off to international duty with Northern Ireland, as he looks to build on the 79 caps he has already amassed over the years – and will be able to reunite with Evans too.

The pair have not only played together for Northern Ireland, but also for West Brom in a successful partnership, with the Leicester City man now hailing McAuley ahead of Northern Ireland's games.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 11:Gareth McAuley of Rangers controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11,...

Evans has suggested that McAuley is a 'fantastic asset' for any club, and believes he can be a 'big success' for Rangers as he still has plenty in the tank – even if he is edging ever closer to the age of 40.

“People always bring up Gareth’s age but he can still get around the pitch and compete,” said Evans. “He’s still athletic and is a fantastic asset for anyone he plays for. He is also a big character which is fantastic for everyone in the dressing room.”

“I believe Gareth can be a big success at Rangers. I’ve played alongside him for three years at West From and for Northern Ireland longer than that. He has always amazed me at how good a player is and how good an athlete he is for his age,” he added.

Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans of Northern Ireland look on during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Germany at Windsor Park on October 5, 2017 in Belfast,...

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