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GERRARD’S HOPES DASHED

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STEVEN GERRARD’S hopes of landing free agent Jack Wilshere have been scuppered, as Scotzine forecast last month.

The Rangers boss had planned to team up the former Arsenal midfield ace with former England international Jermain Defoe as he guides the Ibrox outfit to their first title in a decade.

However, Wilshere, who was released from his West Ham contract by Davie Moyes in the summer, today agreed a short-term deal with Championship side AFC Bournemouth.

The 29-year-old had been training at the south coast club as he looked to regain fitness and has impressed Jason Tindall who has swooped to sign him for the remainder of the campaign, according to Sky Sports News.

Wilshere had a loan spell with the club during the 2016/2017 Premier League season, making 27 appearances as they finished ninth, the highest finish in the club’s history.

He joined the Hammers from Arsenal on a three-year deal in 2018, hoping to resurrect his injury-plagued career, but played only 19 times as groin and ankle injuries limited his game time.

The one-time England star, who last played for his country at the 2016 European Championship, made 197 appearances for the Gunners and won the FA Cup twice.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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