Former Rangers forward Ross McCormack has completed a shock move to English National League club Aldershot Town, following a period as a free agent.

McCormack started his career at Ibrox and netted against Porto in the Champions League in 2005, but only played a bit part role for the club.

Aldershot Town signing Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring for Rangers against Porto in 2005. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

His real successes came a few years down the line when he moved to the EFL, where he won multiple Player of the Year awards at Leeds United and Fulham after establishing himself as a regular goalscorer in the Championship.

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His performances in the second tier prompted Aston Villa to stump up a whopping £12m to prize him away from Craven Cottage in 2016 [BBC Sport] but things have done downhill since then.

McCormack only made 24 appearances and scored just three times for Villa. His fitness levels and attitude were consistently under scrutiny and he spent much of his three-year stint with the Birmingham club away on loan at Nottingham Forest, Melbourne City, Central Coast Mariners and Motherwell.

McCormack failed to live up to his transfer fee at Aston Villa. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

The 34-year-old has been a free agent since agreeing to be released by Villa in June 2019, but now, he’s found himself a new club.

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English fifth tier side, Aldershot Town, shocked Twitter on Friday by announcing the capture of the former Scotland international on a deal until the end of the season.

 

“It wasn’t a hard decision to make, to be honest, but now is the right time to come back and get going again in England,” he told theshots.co.uk.

“Having spoken to Tanns [Craig Tanner], the gaffer and speaking to the staff and the lads here, I feel like it’s the right place to do it.”

Aldershot finished 18th out of 24 teams in the National League last season after final standings were determined on a points per game basis due to the global health crisis.

The signing of former Rangers attacker McCormack and multiple other players on Friday, though, suggests they’re looking to gain promotion back to EFL League Two this time around.

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