Gary McAllister: New Rangers signing Jon Flanagan deserves second chance

Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister believes Jon Flanagan deserves a second chance in football.

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Done deal: Rangers confirm signing of Jon Flanagan

The former Liverpool right-back today put pen to paper on a two-year deal to become the seventh signing at Ibrox since Steven Gerrard’s arrival as manager, though supporters have been critical of this particular transfer.

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In January of this year the 25-year-old admitted assaulting his girlfriend in Liverpool city centre, for which he received a sentence of 40 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month community order.

Jon Flanagan has joined Rangers on a two-year deal. Picture: Getty

While McAllister refused to defend the actions of the one-cap England international, he did insist the player showed enough contrition to be allowed to continue his career.

He told the Scottish Sun before the signing was confirmed: “I feel that it was unacceptable, most definitely. It was unacceptable and a really poor decision that he made in that episode.

“But he deserves a second chance. He showed remorse, he put his hand up and has taken his punishment. He wants to get on with his life and his football.”