The official website for European football

Rangers sign Beattie from Stoke

Published: Friday 13 August 2010, 16.16CET
Former England striker James Beattie has become Rangers FC's first senior signing for two years after moving to the Scottish champions from Premier League side Stoke City FC.
Rangers sign Beattie from Stoke
James Beattie has left Stoke for Rangers ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 13 August 2010, 16.16CET

Rangers sign Beattie from Stoke

Former England striker James Beattie has become Rangers FC's first senior signing for two years after moving to the Scottish champions from Premier League side Stoke City FC.

Rangers FC have signed former England striker James Beattie from Stoke City FC.

The 32-year-old has penned a two-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, after a transfer worth a reported €1.8m. Originally with Blackburn Rovers FC, Beattie made his name with Southampton FC between 1998 and 2005, scoring 76 goals in 235 games and earning five England caps. After two and a half seasons with Everton he moved to second-tier Sheffield United FC but returned to the top flight 18 months ago with Stoke.

Centre-forward Beattie, Rangers' first senior signing for two years, fills the space left by Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo, and joins a day before the start of the Glasgow club's Scottish Premier League title defence at home to Kilmarnock FC. "There was interest from other clubs but when you come here and speak to Walter Smith and have a look around, the decision was easy," said Beattie. Rangers enter the UEFA Champions League in the group stage.

Last updated: 13/08/10 20.58CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=1512724.html#rangers+sign+beattie+from+stoke

UEFA.com features

Trenčín winger Simon commanding attention
  • Trenčín winger Simon commanding attention
  • Sheridan taking the heat at APOEL
  • McGregor making his mark back at Celtic
  • Heat of the moment: Commentators' finest hours
  • Pick of the matchday two photos
  • Spain game evokes happy memories for Sweden
  • Košice and Liberec: Tale of the dugouts
  • Atlético's Filipe Luís to fill Cole's boots at Chelsea
  • Pick of the matchday one photos
  • England and Sweden set to renew rivalry
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.