Glasgow Rangers FC Sign GAA Player on Professional Playing Contract

Glasgow Rangers FC Sign GAA Player on Professional Playing Contract

Glasgow : United Kingdom | Jun 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM PDT
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Gaelic football in Glasgow

We've heard a lot recently about the heavier fines to be imposed on the two ugly sisters of Glasgow - Rangers and Celtic, but a story has emerged from Northern Ireland that could help breach the gulf between fans and give hope to any young fan that believes that all bigoted, religious sectarianism can be eradicated from the game in Scotland.

A young catholic boy from Limavady in Northern Ireland is about to break into the headlines for all the right reasons and give a glimmer of hope that the religious divide that surrounds Scottish Football's Glasgow Old Firm pairing can once and for all be put aside to let football do the talking.

17-year-old Aaron McGregor is about to break the religious barrier in Glasgow; He’s a young Catholic who plays Gaelic football (GAA) but he's just signed a two year professional playing contract forGlas gow Rangers who are followed mainly by Protestant's.

The youngster is over the moon at joining the Ibrox side who play in the Scottish Premier League but that joy is tinged with sadness as young Aaron is leaving behind his GAA squad, Limavady Wolfhounds Gaelic Club, the team he has played for since boyhood.

Ironically, his final action in the strip of his Wolfhounds team came when he set up a goal for his older brother Conor with what they call in GAA - a handpass - a move that would see him penalised in the world he is about to enter.

For Aaron though, the opportunity is a dream come true and comes after year's of hard work. From Limavady Youths to Newtown Youths, Foyle Harps to Ballymena United, all the time and effort put in has now paid dividends.

The move to professional football also means a financial boost for both his current sides as Limavady and Ballmena will both be due a financial boost as they helped invest in the players development.

This move is sure to raise a few eyebrows across both divides of the Old Firm but is surely a step in the right direction and will help dampen the hatred that exists in certain factors of the support at Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic. For now though, the light must be shone of the youngster for his achievement of reaching his goal of becoming a professional footballer, irrespective of who and where they play.

Glasgow Rangers Sign Catholic Gaelic Footballer (GAA)

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report as well as Not Just Scottish Football and youth development reporter for Ayr United Football Academy. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.

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