City clinch Webster deal

Defender signs to provide competition in Johnson's back-line

Webster: City move

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Bristol City have confirmed the signing of Rangers defender Andy Webster on loan until January.

Skysports.com revealed earlier on Monday that the Robins had lined up Webster to provide cover in their back-line.

The Championship club lost Jamie McCombe to a fractured cheekbone at the weekend and manager Gary Johnson admitted he would try to bring in a replacement on loan.

He has now finalised a deal for Webster, who has struggled with injuries since originally joining Rangers on loan in January 2007.

Rabbit out of the hat

Johnson told the club's official website: "We needed competition at centre-half and Andy is a rabbit out of the hat, that's for sure.

"To get somebody of Andy's experience, given the amount of games he played for Hearts and internationally for Scotland, is fantastic.

"He's seen our rising status and it's a move that works for all parties. He needs games and we feel he's fit enough."

Webster signed a three-year contract at Ibrox in the summer and Gers boss Walter Smith feels the Scotland international will benefit from action at Ashton Gate.

Smith said: "We feel it will be beneficial for him to get regular football there and we hope he can return to the level we all know he is capable of.

"Andy has had a torrid time since he arrived at Rangers and it will be good for him to get games every week in another environment."