MICHAEL O’HALLORAN admits he is making a big step-up signing for Rangers after a testing month of uncertainty over his transfer from St Johnstone.
The winger put pen to paper on a deal until 2020 on the final day of the transfer window and said he had no doubt in his mind when he heard of Gers interest.
O’Halloran thinks his decision will prove to be the perfect move, as well as improve him as player under his new manager Mark Warburton.
The 25-year-old said:
“This is a massive step-up for me, everybody knows about Glasgow Rangers and how big a football club they are.”
“I spoke to the manager and it’s just the right thing for me, it’s the right fit and I’m just looking forward to getting started now.
“I first heard about Rangers being interested at the beginning of January and I was told there was a chance that I might be moving.
“As soon as I heard that I wanted to go on and join the big club and I am delighted to be here.
“There was no doubt in my mind about coming; it’s an opportunity you have to grasp with both hands.”
“I played at Ibrox earlier in the season and the crowd were amazing, the whole atmosphere was great, the pitch was and the way the manager has them playing too.
“I am happy it is finally over the line because it has been a long time; I’ve not known whether I am coming or going over the last month but I am delighted to be here now.
“You hear a lot of speculation but I’ve just tried to concentrate on playing football.
“When you hear of the interest though your immediate reaction is that you want to go to the big club and I am just happy the opportunity has final come and the move has happened.
“There is always a little doubt in your mind and your get a wee bit anxious but I was confident, I spoke to my family and my representative and they assured me that we’d get it done eventually. It has taken until the last day but it’s better late than never.”
O’Halloran joins Rangers after a career that started at Bolton and saw him loaned out across England before returning north of the border.
He has scored four times for St Johnstone this season but thinks all areas of his game will progress now he is with the Light Blues.
The forward said: “First and foremost coming here will help me become a better player.
“Working under the management and working with the players here will mean I progress as a footballer – it’s a team that is really going places.
“I definitely see myself developing here, you look at the place and it has all the facilities and infrastructure to help me on the pitch.”
“There is an amazing gym, recuperation facilities and analysis – I feel that is all going to help me move my game on and become a better player.”