PHILIPPE SENDEROS could not hide his delight after he signed a one-year deal with Rangers at Ibrox Stadium this afternoon.
The towering centre-half has played top-level football in Switzerland, England, Italy and Spain and earned 57 international caps, but he is excited to be getting an opportunity to experience a new challenge in Scotland and a chance to compete for silverware.
Senderos, 31, won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2004/05 and he is determined to enjoy further success during his time at Ibrox.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV.tv, he said: “I’m delighted to have finally signed, I’m really pleased and I can’t wait to crack on.
As soon as I had the opportunity to come up here and train I said “yes”, and now I’m really happy to have signed.
“It is a massive club. I went back to Switzerland and I wanted to be at the Euros; unfortunately it didn’t work out, but when I had the chance to come up here and train and join such as big club, it was a no brainer for me.”
Football has a habit of throwing up surprises for fans and players in transfer windows, but Senderos always hoped Rangers would be the next step in his career after he was invited to join Mark Warburton’s squad for training in Auchenhowie a couple of weeks ago.
He added: “It’s not a surprise. We’ve had some talks in the past and now the opportunity came up and for me, like I said, there was no hesitation.
“I can come up here and show that I can be part of this team. It is a brilliant place, a brilliant opportunity for me and I grabbed it.”
Senderos admits that Mark Warburton was one of the reasons he decided on a move to Ibrox.
He added: “He’s a big factor in me joining this football club.
“He’s got big ambitions, he might not say them in the interviews, but within the team there is a lot of belief in this group and, for sure, we want to compete for the top place.
“We know it’s a big task at the moment, but we are up for the challenge and we have the belief within the team. That’s what we have to carry onto the football pitch.”