Rangers defender Gareth McAuley has admitted he made a mistake this summer by not having a pre-season and has hinted this error has led to such a long road back to fitness before finally making his debut as a sub against Spartak.
The 38-year old Northern Ireland international was freed by West Brom earlier this year, but elected not to maintain fitness and instead sought a new club without the aid of a pre-season, something he declares now was an error.
Speaking to RTV he said:
“In hindsight I should have went in somewhere and done pre-season properly but I’m here, I’ve done the hard work, feel fit, ready to go.”
For a wily old veteran we are surprised he made such a rookie error – perhaps he didn’t expect to find club football again, but for such an experienced international with bags of EPL matches to his name, surely he’d realise getting a gig wouldn’t be that hard.
Nevertheless, we have him now, after a long road of recovery and Rangers fans will get to see a lot more of him over the coming months.