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Former Rangers defender among trio of new Derry City signings

Darren Cole made his first-team debut for Rangers in a Champions League group match in December 2010.

Former Rangers defender Darren Cole.
Former Rangers defender Darren Cole.
Image: Lynne Cameron

DERRY CITY MANAGER Kenny Shiels has strengthened his squad today with the signings of Darren Cole, Eoin Toal and Jamie McIntyre.

Cole and Toal will give the Candystripes boss more choices in defence, while McIntyre will provide an extra option on the wing for the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side.

A former Scottish U21 international defender, Cole made his first-team debut for Rangers at the age of 18 in a Champions League group match against Bursaspor in December 2010.

It was the first of just five appearances for Cole with the Ibrox outfit, however. He was released by manager Ally McCoist in August 2013 after failing to turn up for a friendly match.

Cole went on to have spells with Patrick Thistle, Greenock Morton and Livingston, who he captained in the 2015-16 season before being released last summer when they were relegated from the Scottish Championship. The 25-year-old has since been playing junior football in Scotland with Broxburn Athletic.

Toal, a former Northern Ireland captain at schoolboy level who’s still only 18, has been training with the Derry City squad in recent weeks and joins the club from NIFL Championship side Armagh City.

McIntyre, 20, makes the move across Derry from neighbours Insititute, who missed out on promotion to the NIFL Premiership with a defeat to Carrick Rangers in the Championship play-off final.

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