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Rangers captain David Weir wins writers' award

David Weir
Weir also won the Clydesdale Bank Player of the Year award

David Weir has become the oldest ever winner of the Scottish Football Writers Association Player of the Year award.

The Rangers captain, who will be 40 on Monday, picks up the prize on Sunday, after taking the Clydesdale Bank Premier League player of the year.

Weir is out of contract in the summer but is hoping to stay on at Ibrox.

"I'm keen to play on and enjoy it," explained the central defender. "But it would have to be right for me and not just for the sake of it."

Weir arrived at Rangers on a six-month deal from Everton in January 2007 and has missed only three Scottish Premier League matches since, helping the Ibrox side to six major trophies and a Uefa Cup final.

I just came to Rangers for a few months, to try and help stabilise the club. The target back then was just to make sure we finished second in the SPL

Rangers captain David Weir

However, he remains at a loss as to where his future lies, due to the precarious financial situation at the Glasgow club.

"Until something is put in front of me, I can't give a definitive answer," said Weir.

"I genuinely don't know what will happen in terms of staying at Rangers.

"The manager has been asked the same question about his own future and I don't think we are in a position to answer.

"No-one knows how the land lies at the club or how it will lie. It's a case of wait and see.

"There are six players out of contract, including me, along with the coaching staff. It's a strange circumstance, but that's the way it is.

"I would imagine it might be quite late in the summer before a decision is made about me."

Weir was quick to point out that his personal achievements at Ibrox are only a small part of the overall success of Walter Smith's side, especially given the uncertainty over the contracts of the manager and several first team players.

"It has exceeded expectations, without a shadow of a doubt," said Weir.

"I don't really think about winning the league on a personal level, but I am looking forward to Sunday and the trophy presentation. It is a massive achievement. Retaining the trophy was huge for us. We won it last year after chasing Celtic all the time.

"I'm proud of this, because good Rangers teams in the past haven't won championships. Hopefully, this means the current crop will be remembered as a good team."

"I just came to Rangers for a few months, to try and help stabilise the club. The target back then was just to make sure we finished second in the SPL.

"By Rangers' standards, what we were aiming for was not high.

"You can't underestimate the achievements here over the last three years and how the manager has turned the club around during difficult times."



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