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The QPR man who continues to roll back the years: Comment

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Queens Park Rangers’ defender Angel Rangel is a favourite in West London, as he continues to defy his age in the Championship.

When QPR signed Angel Rangel last season, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

Steve McLaren signed the Spanish full-back on an initial five-month deal, which would’ve kept him at the club until the start of this calendar year.

Then at 35-years-old, Rangel put in enough solid performances for the club to extend his deal to the end of last season and in the summer, Mark Warburton felt he needed to re-sign the Spaniard for another season at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

He’s best known for his time at Swansea City.

Rangel featured over 350 times for the Swans over a ten-year period, where he won the League One title in 2008, the Championship play-offs in 2011, and the Capital One Cup in 2013.

His experience is what McLaren saw beneficial to QPR after he was released by the Welsh club, and fans quickly grew to love the little full-back.

Now at 36-years-old, Rangel is showing no signs of slowing up, having played ten times in the Championship for Warburton’s side this season.

He’s been the regular starter on the right-hand side of what’s more often than not a five-strong defence for QPR.

Warburton’s new look Rangers have established themselves as one of the league’s most exciting attacking sides and the two full-backs, Rangel on the right and Ryan Manning on the left, have played a big part in their success so far.

Will QPR make the Championship play-offs this season?

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QPR missed the chance to go 2nd in the Championship with a 3-1 loss at home to their West London rivals Brentford on Monday night, and now find themselves 8th in the table – still only a point off Bristol City in 6th.

With the club the only one in the league without a clean sheet this season, Rangel will be keen to help his side find that illusive clean sheet and will want to give his everything in what could well be his last season in football, let alone at the club.

Rangel’s contract is due to expire next summer and with him turning 37 next month, whether or not Warburton will choose to extend his contract by a further year is unknown.

Whatever the outcome, Rangel can look back on what’s been a successful career, and will go down as one of Swansea City’s greatest ever servants, and a one of QPR’s most reliable and likeable characters in his latter years.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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