Dundalk Snap Up Ex-Rangers Man On Free Transfer

John Balfe
By John Balfe
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Dundalk have bolstered their squad ahead of their participation in the Europa League this season with the free transfer signing of former Rangers midfielder Dean Shiels. 

The 31-year-old, who is the son of Derry boss Kenny Shiels, left Rangers this summer when his contract expired after spending four seasons in Glasgow as they worked their way back to Scottish football's top table. Shiels previously had spells with Hibernian, Doncaster Rovers and Kilmarnock.

The Lilywhites also announced the signing of ex Galway and Sligo defender Alan Keane.


The 14-times capped Northern Irishman told the club's official website that he is delighted to have joined Dundalk and is eager to to get started and add to his trophy haul.


I want to win things. I have won trophies in Scotland, and Dundalk have won trophies over the last couple of years, so that's what I have come here for.

I want to win as many things as possible and the lure of European football helped too.

Dundalk will find out their Europa League fate in tomorrow's draw and, whatever happens there, they will swell their bank account to the tune of around €6 million for their participation in European football's secondary club competition.


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