By Alex Stevens

Dean Shiels has left Rangers as Ibrox boss Mark Warburton continues his summer clearout, the club have announced.

The Ulsterman, 31, has followed Nicky Law, David Templeton Nicky Clark, Luca Gasparotto and Maciej Gostomski out of the exit door at the Light Blues.

Rangers announced on their official website over the weekend that former Hibernian, Doncaster and Kilmarnock player Shiels had ended his four-year spell at the club.

The playmaker became former manager Ally McCoist’s second signing in 2012 and was part of the Rangers team that rose through the leagues, ultimately helping to secure promotion to the Scottish Premiership in the recently completed domestic season.

He made 43 appearances in 2015-16 and was a key member of Mark Warburton’s squad but was not a regular starter.

In total, Shiels, who plays predominantly in a central attacking midfield position, scored 32 goals and supplied 23 assists in 125 Rangers matches and won League 2, League 1, the Championship and Challenge Cup with the club.

He has also been capped 14 times by Northern Ireland but is not a member of their Euro 2016 squad.

A Rangers statement read: “Everyone at Rangers wishes Dean every success in his future career, and thanks him for their efforts during his time at the club.”

In other Rangers news, the Scottish club have suffered a major blow in their bid to keep one of their key men from the clutches of rival English clubs.