MACIEJ Gostomski has revealed former Queen’s Park and Dundee United defender Barry Douglas taught him about Rangers before he flew to Scotland.
The pair both won the Polish title with Lech Poznan last season and when the stopper came to Glasgow in December to train with Mark Warburton’s side Douglas filled him in on everything he needed to know before he got on the plane.
6’5 “Magic” said he knew of the club from watching European football but hadn’t grasped the sheer size of the club until his friend sat him down in Poland.
The 27-year-old said: “Rangers are a big club and I spoke to my friend Barry Douglas who is playing at Lech and he told me a lot about Rangers, Glasgow, the fans and Scotland.
“I didn’t know too much, I knew who Rangers were but I didn’t know it was such a big club with these kinds of fans and atmosphere.
“I knew of the club because they were playing Champions League and in the UEFA Cup all the time.
“I didn’t know quite how crazy and big the club was, everything is top level – the training facilities, the fans, Ibrox and the people here. There is a different mentality here than I am used to in Poland.”
“I wanted to move somewhere that would be a challenge and I wanted to change something in my life.
“I want to be part of Rangers, to work well in training and in games and to see Rangers back in the Premiership next season – that is my main goal.
“I am very happy, I’ve always wanted to play in Britain, and I like the leagues and the weather here.
“Coming from Lech Poznan to Rangers was a huge opportunity for me. Sometimes when you haven’t played for a while you can’t find a club but I found Rangers or Rangers found me.”
Gostomski was snapped up on a six month deal after just two training sessions at Murray Park, he returned home for Christmas but now back in Glasgow for the remainder of the season.
He was worried Rangers may have lost interest in him when he lost his number one stop at Lech, just months after winning the league with them.
He explained: “I had two training sessions, so not too many, but Rangers were watching me before when I was playing for Lech Poznan.
“The last six months weren’t so good for me though because I didn’t play too much so they didn’t see me play too much.
“They wanted me to come so I could train and speak to them and I must have done well in those sessions.
“I came and saw Murray Park but I haven’t actually seen Ibrox yet but I know it is big and the atmosphere there is great, I’m hoping to see it soon.
“It was only about a day after training in December that I got told they wanted me; it was a quick decision because they know what I do.”
“I had many other options; The Netherlands, stay at Lech or go to another club in Poland but I decided I wanted to go to Rangers.”