DECLAN John says he hasn’t come to Rangers to act as back up as he admits he must battle Lee Wallace for his left-back spot.
The Cardiff City player arrived on deadline day from Wales and this weekend’s meeting with Dundee is his first opportunity to be picked by Pedro Caixinha.
John played 22 times in the Premier League for his boyhood club during the 2013/14 season but has struggled to make his mark as he would have wished since Neil Warnock took charge of the The Bluebirds. Now in Glasgow the 22-year-old is hoping to make that impact at Ibrox.
“It’s been tough not playing, I think it’s been with the change of managers more than anything that probably caused that, but like I said I just want to come up here and do well.
“Of course it is hard at the end of the day being 22 it’s the age that you need to go out and play games so I think this was the best place to come and do that.
“Lee has been here for years, I have watched him play a few times and he is a good player.
“It’s a case of me getting out and playing some games, so hopefully I get a few minutes in at the weekend.
“I just need to get back to playing football and enjoy it. I just want to get some games and try and do well.
“At the end of the day I do want to play, whether that is at left-back or as a left sided winger it doesn’t really matter for me. I’d be happy in a more attacking role.
“It is a massive club and all the fans are looking for you to win every game. We have a good group of boys here and hopefully we can get the win on Saturday.
“I think once you have played football for a few seasons you get used to the pressure.
“I think I’m quite good going forward; I’m sort of an attacking full back. I can also play on the left side as well so I like to get forward and put some balls in the box.”
This is John’s third loan spell away from Wales after spells at Barnsley and Chesterfield and he says he has settled in right away.
“It’s been good so far. The training has been nice and tough which is always good as I haven’t trained for a few days.
“I mean I hadn’t trained for the three or four days before coming up here so getting the tough training in has been important – it’s only going to be good for me going into the weekend.
“It was a bit mad to try and get it done but I’m really happy that we got it done and I’m glad to be here.
“My move here was sort of quite late, it was around two or three days before the transfer window shut.
“We were trying to get the deal sorted, but like I said I’m really happy it got done in the end.
“I was really happy when I found out about Rangers interest, it’s a massive club, and there is so much history here.”