QPR have signed goalkeeper David Marshall on a permanent deal until the end of the season.
The Scotland international, 36, represented his country at last summer’s European Championships and most recently spent time at Derby County. He joins the R’s to compete for the number-one spot.
First-choice ‘keeper Seny Dieng is currently away with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, while fellow shot-stopper Jordan Archer injured himself while making the decisive save in Saturday’s dramatic penalty shootout win over Rotherham United in the FA Cup.
“It’s all happened very quickly and I’m delighted,” Marshall told www.qpr.co.uk.
“QPR needed a goalkeeper and I’m just happy to help. I can’t wait to get started.”
Rangers face West Brom on Saturday in an important top-six clash in W12.
Marshall, who has experienced promotion from the Championship previously, says he’s ready and raring to go.
“I’m ready to go and there’s a real hunger in me to do well,” he explained. “The lads here have done great and I have watched them a couple of times this season.
“The team are in a great position and it seems as though it’s going to be an exciting end to the season.
“I’ve been at the top end of this league a number of times, and hopefully that experience can help the team progress.
“I just want to perform well. Seny has done really well and I know Jordan from the national setup. It’s unfortunate what happened to him – but hopefully I can perform well, starting from a massive game against West Brom.”
Marshall has carved out a fine career for himself since debuting at Celtic as a teenager.
As the ‘keeper eluded to, spells with the likes of Norwich City, Cardiff and Hull mean that Marshall is only too familiar with competing at the right end of the Championship.
QPR boss Mark Warburton is thrilled to obtain a stopper with such experience, explaining: “I am delighted to bring David in.
“First and foremost, we are so disappointed for Jordan. It was so unfortunate the way the injury happened and how it happened.
“And young Joe Walsh has a very bright future ahead of him who is improving week on week.
“But to be able to bring David in, a goalkeeper with so much experience who knows this division and knows a lot of the players here already, is fantastic.
“He will have an important role to play in helping young Joe and pushing Seny when he comes back.
“David is walking immediately into a big game against West Brom. He is a great character and every bit of feedback we had on him was positive.
“He has not come here to sit on the bench. He has come here to push Seny and fight for the jersey, and we always need to have that competition.”