Former Rangers striker Shota Averladze has taken to Twitter to announce that he has contracted Covid-19.

The former Georgian international striker is now the manager at Uzbekistani side Pakhtakor Tashkent and will now go into a period self-isolation as he awaits a second test.

There have been a number of false positives and the Ibrox faithful will be hoping that this is one of them as the likeable 47-year-old from Tblisi looks to recover.

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Taking to Twitter, Averladze writes:


“I tested positive for Covid 19. I’m currently isolating while waiting for a second test to confirm the results. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. Thanks for your messages.”

Shota Averladze joined Rangers from Ajax in 2001 and would spend four seasons at the club before joining AZ Alkmaar in Holland.


Rangers reportedly paid £3m to take the Georgian to Ibrox and he would go on to play over 130 games for the club, scoring 57 times and winning five trophies.

Averladze started his career with Martve Tblisi before earning a move to Dinamo Tblisi and eventually Trabzonspor in Turkey.

Earning a reputation as a lethal goalscorer, Averladze would then move to Amsterdam where he enjoyed four successful years at Ajax before joining Rangers.

Shota Arveladze of Rangers celebrates

Former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze has tested positive for Covid-19. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The striker would also turn out for Levante in Spain before retiring and made 61 caps for the Georgian national team, scoring 27 goals.

So far Averkadze has managed five sides in his managerial career: Kayserispor, Kasimpasa, Trabzonspor, Maccabi Tel Aviv and now Pakhtakor.

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