Rangers legend Nacho Novo might’ve called quits on his Ibrox career ten years ago but that hasn’t stopped the wee man making an appearance in the FA Cup.

The likable Spaniard keeps the Gers very close to his heart and returned to football last week as it was announced he’d signed for Guillem Balague’s Biggleswade United.

At 41, took to the field as Biggleswade lined up against Woodbridge Town in a preliminary round of the famous English competition.

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Novo proved the magic of the FA Cup was still very much real as he started the match which saw Biggleswade win 7-6 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Biggleswade twice came from behind to level the tie and even scored a last-minute equaliser courtesy of Charisma Agyemang to take it to penalties.

 

Nacho Novo spoke before the match about his own motivations for joining the Spartan South Midlands Football League side.

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“I spoke to Guillem Balague who I’ve known for a long time and he gave me a call and asked if I want to get back and play,” said Novo [SSN].

“It was a no-brainer for me because obviously I still enjoy playing football so I hope everything will work for me.

“I was going out running and going to the gym, in Scotland my main priority was to become a football coach and that never happened for me.

“I think here is a bigger option for me especially even better because I can still play and that’s the most important thing.”

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Nacho Novo remains a popular figure amongst Rangers fans who will be wishing him all the best with Biggleswade. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Nacho Novo spent six years at Ibrox between 2004 and 2010, playing over 250 matches and winning six trophies.

The tenacious striker’s move to Biggleswade is made even more impressive given his recovery from a heart attack and a stroke back in 2018.

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