“INCREDIBLE” is how Graham Dorrans described the feeling of finally putting pen to paper on a move to the club he supported as a boy.
The 30-year old Scotland international joins the Gers on a three-year deal to become Pedro Caixinha’s ninth signing of the summer transfer window so far.
And, now all the paperwork is complete, he simply cannot wait to begin life for real at his new club.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, he explained: “It feels incredible. It has been a long couple of weeks but to finally get it over the line is an incredible feeling and I just can’t wait to get the boots on and get started.
“I don’t think there is ever a wrong time to come to a football club like this. The size of this football club is incredible – I’ve obviously had great times down in England, especially at West Brom, but growing up, I knew I always wanted to come to this football club and when the chance came around I jumped at it.
“It’s no secret I grew up a Rangers fan. I always wanted to come here, so when the chance came around, I was straight on the phone to my agent to try and get things sorted. Thankfully we are there and we can move forward now.”
Dorrans is upbeat about Rangers chances for the coming season, and is well aware the last campaign wasn’t quite up to scratch.
Having grown up during one of the club’s best periods in the 1990s, however, he is well aware of what success means to the supporters here at Ibrox.
He added: “Last season was a little bit disappointing, we were so many points behind Celtic, so hopefully we can be much more competitive in the league next year and maybe get some of the trophies and take it from there.
“I grew up watching successful teams – people like [Jorg] Albertz, [Brian] Laudrup, [Paul] Gascoigne and even people like Barry Ferguson – good footballers – and watching teams like that was the buzz I got when I was younger. It was great to come and see that.”
Dorrans reported back for pre-season with Norwich later than the rest of his new teammates did at Rangers, but he doesn’t foresee that being much of an issue, and revealed he has already spoken with ‘Gers Head of Performance and Preparation.
Dorrans said: “I have been keeping myself fit over the summer, the boys here came back earlier than me at Norwich and I have been training now for the last 10 days.
“I have done a little bit of running and I have had a chat with Craig Flannigan here, the Fitness Coach and he is confident he can keep me up to speed with the boys. Hopefully I can catch them up.”