Steven Gerrard’s Rangers went to the top of the Scottish Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Hearts on Sunday, and plenty of fans took to Twitter after the game to praise centre-back Gareth McAuley.
The 38-year-old was signed by Gerrard on a one-year deal in September after he left West Bromwich Albion at the end of his contract.
The Hearts clash was just his fourth appearance of the season, but McAuley’s experience and presence seemed to help the whole of the Rangers back four.
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It wasn’t all good news for the Northern Irish international, as he initially gave Hearts the lead by diverting Marcus Godinho’s cross into his own net, but the Glasgow side came back strongly and McAuley certainly made amends with his performance.
The former Leicester and Ipswich defender looks to have been an astute signing by Gerrard, and fans were already calling for him to start the Old Firm derby at the end of December. Check out some of the best reaction below.
Big McAuley was great yesterday, a real touch of class in defence directing the traffic!
— The Stone Rangers (@Ross123mck) December 3, 2018
How much better does Goldson look with big McAuley though? Thought they were really good today.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) December 2, 2018
Big McAuley looks a class act.. won everything in the air today…
— dougie stryke (@dougiestryke) 2 December 2018
McAuley brings the calmness to our defence that was missing. He MUST start the OF game imo.
— Alan Gardner (@alangardner47) 2 December 2018
Big Gareth McAuley was built for winning headers anaw disnae even need to jump big solid staunch beautiful man
— Conor (@ConorLC) December 2, 2018
Gareth McAuley again had another good game.
The type of game he's suited for indeed
— Simon (@simon1872) December 2, 2018
Felt sorry for McAuley yesterday, the OG was just one of those things. Apart from that he strolled it, handled everything Hearts long ball merchants could throw at us.
The big Ulsterman looks born to play for us, never gave Hearts a sniff.
His experience and composure is class. pic.twitter.com/J536DYCCoo
— Blu Stu (@Stoortmcd) December 3, 2018