David Weir has signed a new one year deal with Rangers, staying at Ibrox for a fifth year, with the deal signed before Saturday’s 4-1 friendly win over Linfield.
Weir said: “I signed it this morning in Belfast in fact. It’s taken a while but it’s good to get it sorted out now. I can’t think of a better place to play my football. I’ve obviously got commitments to my family and from that point of view it’s not ideal, but football-wise it’s a one brainer.
“This is the place I want to play and as long as the manager thinks I can still do a job then I’m happy to sign here. The family thing is obviously a consideration but it works well for me at the moment because I have a good balance.
“When I’m in Glasgow I’m focused on the football and doing what I need to the night before games and the likes. Things like rest that I might not get when I’m at home. The same is true at home where my full focus can be on my family when I’m there.”
Weir is not guaranteed a place in the Ranger’s team and he knows that.
He said: “Playing time was a consideration but the manager was honest. He said that he was trying to get players in and that there would be competition. But he said it would be the players in form that would get a game and that’s all you can ask for, a level playing field. Competition is a good thing for the club and for the team. I don’t want to be guaranteed a game and I don’t think anyone wants that really.”
Meanwhile the Scottish Sunday Express reported that despite Aston Villa accepting Rangers’ £2 million bid for defender Carlos Cuellar, the Spanish defender is set to deliver another snub to Ally McCoist by signing for Spanish side Espanyol. However both Getafe and Villareal have also been rumoured to be interested in the former Ibrox defender, with all parties bar Rangers willing to meet Cuellar’s current wage bill of £40,000 per week.