By Doug Ward

1st Aug, 2021 | 5:10pm

Rangers-linked Gary Cahill confirms Crystal Palace exit on Twitter

Gary Cahill has confirmed he’s left Crystal Palace amid speculation linking him with a move to Rangers this summer.

The Daily Record reported on their website on Sunday that Cahill, 35, has been linked with a move “to reunite with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard” at Ibrox before relaying the defender’s statement.

Writing on Twitter, Cahill said: “After much thought and deliberation, I can confirm that I have left Crystal Palace FC after an enjoyable two years.

I have really enjoyed my time at the club and I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved at the club, especially the fans and staff who welcomed me into their South London family. It’s been a privilege to play at Selhurst Park, especially in that first season where I got to experience the atmosphere that the Eagles fans create on a match day.

“Playing in front of the Holmesdale Road stand is a memory that I will cherish in particular. I would like to wish the club all the best for the future and wish them every success for the coming season.”

The Sun reported in mid-July that Rangers are in the hunt to sign Cahill and could offer the experienced centre-back a £35,000-a-week deal to take him to Glasgow.

Deal to be done?

Rangers don’t really need a new central defender.

Last season, we conceded just 13 goals in the league on the way to winning the title and this season started off with a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday.

Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Leon Balogun are bound to be Gerrard’s top three centre-backs with Nikola Katic and Jack Simpson providing back up if there are any injuries, suspensions or positive COVID tests in the coming weeks and months.

Where would Cahill shift into that pecking order?

Cahill has 394 Premier League appearances, 38 Champions League appearances and 61 England caps to his name.

He’s impressed at pretty much every club he’s played for in his career, winning stacks of silverware in his days at Chelsea.

But he is 35 and isn’t someone with resale value and could struggle to be a regular starter at Ibrox with the options Gerrard already has.

We don’t think it will be worthwhile signing him unless someone leaves but that does not seem likely at this moment in time.

In other Rangers news, BBC actor Martin Compston took a swipe at the Gers on Twitter after Celtic’s opening day defeat.