Rangers have told Gareth McAuley he will not get another contract after injury ruled him out for the rest of the season, Football Insider understands.

Steven Gerrard revealed at his media conference ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm showdown against Celtic that the veteran defender has a hamstring injury that will keep him sidelined for the team’s final two matches of the campaign.

An Ibrox source has told Football Insider that McAuley, 39, has played his last game for the Gers after signing on a one-year contract last September as a free agent.

The giant defender has made 10 appearances for Rangers but has not featured since January and last made a matchday squad in the Scottish Cup win over Cowdenbeath.

 

Northern Ireland international McAuley must now decide whether to begin the search for a new club or bring down the curtain on a career that has brought 80 senior caps as well as extensive spells in the Premier League and English Championship at West Brom, Ipswich Town and Leicester City.

Rangers are in the market for a new centre-back this summer, with Joe Worrall also heading back to Nottingham Forest when his season-long loan expires.

In other Rangers news, Jackie McNamara has claimed only one of the many Ibrox midfielders at the club is the real deal and explained why.