Former Rangers defender decides to retire from football

Former Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley has announced his retirement from football.

Former Rangers centre-back Gareth McAuley.

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He spent the majority of his career at West Brom and also represented Lincoln, Leicester and Ipswich, as well as Northern Irish clubs Linfield, Crusaders and Coleraine.

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"I knew last season was going to be my 23rd and final year as a player and I know I'm hanging up my boots for the final time at the right time," McAuley posted on Twitter.

Former Rangers centre-back Gareth McAuley.

"It's been a dream, a privilege and an honour to represent so many great clubs and work under managers and coaches who have helped mould my career.

"I enjoyed every second I wore the Northern Ireland shirt and will be forever thankful for the support I was given."