NEW signing Declan John hopes a run in the Rangers first-team will push him back towards international honours with Wales.
The twice-capped full-back joined today from Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season, and while unfamiliar with Scottish football, he believes sticking to his strong attributes will stand him in good stead.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, he said: “I’ve got two caps for the Welsh first-team, and it’s always nice to play for your country. Coming up here and playing for such a big club, hopefully I can get back in towards the Wales team again if I do well up here.
“From the games I’ve seen, it’s quite intense and quite lively in Scotland. I think I have just got to stick to what I know and what I’m good at, and hopefully I can do well.
“First and foremost, I like to go forward and I think that’s my best attribute. I like to get crosses into the box and hopefully set up a few goals if not scoring myself.”
John is the first Welshman to play for Rangers since goalkeeper Andy Dibble helped the Light Blues over the ‘Nine in a Row’ finishing line in 1997.
Dibble is now the goalkeeping coach with Cardiff City, with the pair sharing a conversation on life at Ibrox once John was made aware of the link.
He continued: “Someone tweeted me earlier to say that, and I didn’t know Dibs had played up here. I gave him a quick message and he told me this is a great club and I would really enjoy it.”
John admits his own knowledge of Scottish football isn’t great, with most of what he knows coming from watching games on TV.
He can’t wait to get started though and is desperate to build-up his match sharpness having not featured for Cardiff since pre-season.
He added: “I’ve only really seen Rangers on TV and I know there is a massive derby up here, so I’m looking forward to hopefully playing in those sorts of games.
“I haven’t really played that much football. There was pre-season and many games, but they were just for fitness, so for me to get back into the footballing world and to do it with such a massive club is going to be great for me.
“Perhaps it’s maybe worked out in a better way. We haven’t got a game this Saturday, so I will have a full week of training and getting used to the new surroundings and to the boys.”