JOE GARNER admits he’s already pretty well clued-up on all things Rangers thanks to Ibrox legend Lorenzo Amoruso.
The former Gers club captain joined Garner’s first club Blackburn Rovers upon leaving Glasgow in 2003, and immediately set about telling anyone who would listen in Lancashire what life was like at Scotland’s most successful club.
Now, Garner, who put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Ibrox on Saturday, is set to experience Rangers for himself, and he revealed as soon as he heard of the interest from the Light Blues, there was only one place he wanted to be.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV.tv, he explained: “You’ve seen some massive stars up here, and when I was a kid at Blackburn, Lorenzo Amoruso came down from Rangers and didn’t shut up about what it was like when he was here.
“So I have memories of that, and now I’m just really looking forward to getting involved and playing my part here.
“It was a couple of weeks ago now I first heard about the interest from Rangers, and once I spoke to the manager here and heard his ideas, I knew there was only one place I wanted to go and I really wanted to be a part of things here.
“I spoke to a few other clubs, but I was happy with where I was at the time, but once Rangers came in I felt it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. The possibility of winning trophies and medals, as well as playing in front of massive crowds every week really made me want to be a part of things.”
Garner has been thrown straight into life as a Rangers player, training with his new teammates for the first time on Sunday and then again yesterday.
He feels his game is ideally suited to the Light Blues’ style of play, and he has already been impressed with both the quality in training and the manager’s attention to detail.
He added: “I think I can add a bit of physicality up front, and hopefully goals too. My link-up play is fine, and I’m just really excited to get out there and get started.
“4-3-3 is a formation I played all last season in the Championship, and that’s a really demanding league an I’ve played against the gaffer’s sides a few times, and I know what he expects of his players and how professional he is around the place.
“I’m just really looking forward to working with him. Having spoken to him and seen what he is about in these first few days, he goes through every fine detail of every game gives a lot of information to the lads on what he wants out of them. The gaffer works them hard at a really high, tough intensity. It’s really enjoyable though and the lads have been really welcoming. I’ve played against quite a few of them before – the likes of Joey [Barton] and Clint [Hill] too.”
Garner will be hoping to be involved for the Gers this Friday in their match away to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, and having watched his new side in action in their victory over Motherwell on Saturday, he feels they go into that clash in good fettle.
He said: “I thought we played well, a lot better in the second half than they played in the first. They played a lot higher and got what they deserved in the end.
“Motherwell came to sit in, and once they got the first goal, they made it difficult to close them down. But the boys were patient and got the goal in the 91st minute – the lads were buzzing in the dressing room afterwards and they have been ever since.”