RANGERS celebrate the twenty year anniversary of winning Nine In A Row during the 1996/97 season and throughout this season we’ll be remembering key points.
Today we remember one of the two main summer signings that Walter Smith made for the campaign, the capture of Swedish defender Joachim Bjorklund and below you can read his signing interview from the Rangers News.
New boy Bjorklund is looking forward to the Swede taste of success in his first season with Rangers
The ex-Gothenburg and Vicenza defender – just like Jorg Albertz – should make his Ibrox debut against Агsепаl on Saturday.
He enjoyed last weeks tour of Denmark and now he’s brimming with Confidence about the season that lies ahead.
The £2.2million capture beamed: “I’m pleased to have joined Rangers – this is a big club.
“But I’ll have to Wait until the season starts before I can see what Scottish football is really like. “I would like to play this Saturday against Arsenal as it will give me a taste of the home atmosphere.
“European games are a high priority for me and we have two difficult games right at the start.
“I want to win the league title because I know that would mean a lot to the Rangers fans.
I know of the rivalry with Celtic as well, so I’m forward to my first derby game as it’s the oldest clash in the world
Bjorklund, 26, has noted Some differences Since he arrived last month from Serie A outfit Vicenza.
He admitted: “I see that the training is a little different but we’ve only been doing pre-Season so that has to be expected.
“But I’m enjoying it — it’s good and all the players help you out. I’m really keen to get into week-to-week football and get used to the Scottish game.”
With Vicenza, Bjorklund had to get used to playing winter football – but it’s something he prefers.
He admitted: “We played spring, summer and autumn in Sweden, but I really prefer the winter system.
“It was the same in Italy, so although it may be cold here, it was also cold there!
“I’m not too bothered where or when I play for Rangers just as long as the team get the right results.”
Walter Smith was only to delighted to finally get his man early in July.
The Gaffer said: “Joachim was recommended to us a couple of seasons ago who he played with Gothenburg and we missed out last season he went to Italy.
He had a good season with Vicenza and we did not thnk he would become available.but he has done and we aro delighted about that.”