Northern Ireland international Andy Little to leave Rangers

Rangers Andrew Little will leave the club in the summer
Rangers Andrew Little will leave the club in the summer

Rangers have released striker Andy Little after eight years with the Ibrox outfit, the club have announced.

The Northern Ireland international was out of contract at the end of the season but has now been told by boss Ally McCoist he will not be offered a new deal.

Little broke the news on his Twitter page when he posted: “It has been the best eight years of my life. Being a Ranger has been an honour and I’ll be one ‘til the day I die. Thank you to all at the club.”

The news that Little will leave Ibrox this summer is perhaps not unexpected given the club’s current financial circumstances and the fact that the 25-year-old is now to all intents and purposes out of contract.

Nevertheless his departure is one that will be deeply regretted by many amongst the Light Blue legions.

Little joined Rangers as a 16-year-old youngster from Ballinamallard United in 2006, and announced his arrival with a stunning back-heel goal in the 3-1 Scottish Youth Cup Final extra-time win over Celtic at Hampden in 2008.

His first team debut also came at Hampden as a substitute for Kris Boyd in the 2009 Scottish Cup Semi-Final 3-0 win against St. Mirren. The following October he made a first appearance in Walter Smith’s starting XI against Celtic at Ibrox.

Kenny Millar scored twice in a 2-1 Rangers win – but for Little the game lasted a mere 11 minutes due to a hamstring injury.

Gers boss McCoist paid tribute to the striker.

“Andy will move on this summer and we thank him for his efforts over the years. He has enjoyed some great moments with the club. His commitment to Rangers has been excellent and he enjoyed a good partnership up front with Lee McCulloch last season. We wish him all the best.”