Former Rangers defender Gareth McAuley has confirmed he has taken up a scouting role for the Ibrox club following his retirement from playing, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
40-year-old McAuley hung up his boots for good in the summer but spent his final season in the game with the Gers.
The stint didn’t go quite as planned, as he made just ten appearances and spent long periods sidelined by injury.
However, a lifelong Rangers fan, he’s managed to retain an off-field connection with the club.
“I’m doing a bit of scouting down south for Rangers,” confirmed McAuley, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.“Ideally, I really wanted to throw myself into coaching but I heeded some advice from inside the game that it is not necessarily the wise thing to do.”
“Anything below 23s level can end up with you being a glorified secretary which is not something that would appeal.
“But I am finishing my coaching licence and it is obviously an area I want to look into.”
It sounds as though this may only be a temporary position for McAuley, who is still very much working out his next steps following his retirement from playing.
However, he’s certainly a good man for the club to have on the staff.
After a 20-year club career which took him all over Britain and 14 years experience at international level, he’s played both alongside and against his fair share of quality players.
Prior to the outstanding clean sheet in Braga on Wednesday night, the Gers were struggling defensively and perhaps the Northern Irishman will recommend swooping for some improvements for next season.
One name that has cropped up in recent days is Jack Tucker, who has made 32 appearances at centre-back for Gillingham this season. The Scottish Sun claims he has been watched several times on the instruction of Ross Wilson, although he is contracted until 2023 and valued at £1.5m.