FORMER Dundee and Celtic keeper Rab Douglas has joined Arbroath – at the age of FORTY-FOUR!
The evergreen shotstopper has agreed a deal with the Gayfield outfit ahead of their Scottish Cup second round clash with the University of Stirling.
Douglas, capped 19 times by Scotland, hasn’t played since last December after quitting Forfar following the sacking of boss Dick Campbell.
But Campbell, now in charge at Arbroath, has handed the big goalie an unexpected return to the game ahead of tomorrow’s Cup-tie as on-loan Aberdeen keeper Robbie Mutch is unavailable.
A club statement read: “Rab brings a wealth of experience and knows the Arbroath management team very well and we hope he is given a very warm welcome to Gayfield.”
Arbroath are Douglas’ 10th senior club in a career spanning back to 1993. He began at Meadowbank Thistle and, as well as the Hoops and Forfar, also starred for Dundee, Leicester City, Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle.
At the height of his career, Douglas starred in the Celtic side that went all the way to the 2003 UEFA Cup Final where they lost 3-2 to Porto in extra-time in Seville.
And the veteran goalie announced the news on social media and immediately received warm wishes from BT pundit and his former team mate at Celtic, Chris Sutton.
Douglas took to Twitter to break the news saying:
“The old fat cat is delighted to sign for Arbroath short term to help them out, happy to be alive and back involved in footy.”
Sutton was quick to reply tweeting:
“Good luck old fat cat and good luck Arbroath.”